Teacher Education Program Faculty
Courses in the Teacher Education Program (TEP) are taught primarily by adjunct faculty members who represent the best the teaching profession has to offer in terms of their practice, wisdom, guidance, and commitment to developing future teachers.
They come from a wide-range of professional and academic backgrounds, and offer more than eight decades of combined practical, hands-on experience. These faculty members know schools, know teaching, and know the impact of policy on practices.
They are rich resources ready to share their expertise with you.
Kimberly Hartnett-Edwards, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education Program
PhD, Eductional Studies, Claremont Graduate University; MA, Education, California State University, San Bernardino; BA, Literature & Writing, University of California, San Diego.
Previously held a faculty-directorship at California State University, San Bernardino in the Reading Language Arts Graduate Program. Recent publication of her book "Stress Matters: The Social Psychology and Physiology of Reading/Language Arts Achievement" is the culmination of her docotral work on the effects of affect and emotion on L/A achievement. Her current research includes work with early intervention models, written language acquisition and Hawaiian NCLB restructuring models.
Jessica Lerner, Lecturer, Teacher Education Program
Jessica Lerner formerly worked with Denver Public Schools as a literacy coach and with The New Teacher Project as a teacher evaluator. Her professional interests include improving teacher effectiveness through pre-service preparation, coaching, and mentoring. Jessica's academic degrees include: EDS in Urban School Leadership from the Uinversity of Colorado at Denver, MA in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and BA in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Paul Michalec, Director, Teacher Education Program
PhD, University of Colorado-Boulder; MA, Mankato State University; BS, Cornell University
Career highlights: Former director of student teaching, Skidmore College; developed an innovative institution-to-institution K-16 partnership between Skidmore College and a local school district; served on editorial board for the newsletter EnCouragement; received Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award in 2005 at DU; founding member of Colorado Courage To Teach; Courage to Teach facilitator leading year-long retreat series for Denver Public School teachers and building leaders focusing on renewal and teacher formation; published in Curriculum & Teaching Dialogue; faculty advisor for the Dual Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program; Morgridge College of Education teaching coach.
Research interests: teacher education, effective instruction in higher education, spiritual dimensions of teaching, teacher renewal/formation.
Professional affiliations: American Association of Teaching and Curriculum, Center for Courage and Renewal.
Maria del Carmen Salazar, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction Program
PhD, University of Colorado-Boulder; MA, University of Denver; BA, University of Colorado-Denver
Career highlights: Publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Bilingual Research Journal, Borderlands Journal, and The High School Journal; national conference presentations for American Educational Research Association, National Association for Bilingual Education, Latino Critical Race Theory, Coalition of Essential Schools, and National Council of Teachers of English; currently appointed to the Colorado Department of Education NCLB English Language Acquisition Advisory Council, Colorado Department of Education Reading First Leadership Team and Governor Ritter's Teacher Quality Commission; serves as co-chair of Morgridge College of Education Diversity Committee; faculty representative for the University of Denver Latina/o Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship.
Research interests: teacher education, urban education, linguistically diverse education, cultural competency, teacher as researcher, academic resiliency of Chicana/o & Mexicana/o youth.
Professional affiliations: American Educational Research Association, National Association for Bilingual Education, Colorado Association for Bilingual Education, American Association of University Women.
Suzanne Thompson, Elementary Placement Coordinator, Lecturer, Teacher Education Program
MA, Reading, University of Colorado-Denver; BA, Elementary Education / Psychology,
University of Denver
Suzy spent thirty-one years in urban education with Denver Public Schools as an elementary school principal, curriculum/instruction/assessment specialist, and classroom teacher. Through a federal grant, awarded to a partnership of four Colorado universities, she presented at the national AACTE conference in 2007 and the national SITE conference in 2006. She has been adjunct faculty with the Teacher Education Program at DU for the last eight years. Passionate about teaching and learning - today and tomorrow, Suzy's areas of professional interest include responsible data use in elementary school environments, 21st Century Teaching and Learning, and the role of technology in K-20 education environments.