Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College year in review 2017


Meghan Krein

In 2017, we articulated a bold vision for our college and for education in general.  With the help of many partners, we took a hard look at what a 21st-century college of education should do and be in light of the shortage of teachers, the range of challenges faced by schools, and the persistent fact that our education system doesn’t work well enough for enough people and communities. 2017 is the year we began to reimagine education.

Our alumni, faculty, staff and students continued outstanding work on many fronts. Below are just some examples of their commitment and success.

 1. ASU’s first African-American professor honored on school of education timeline

In the May 11, 1966, edition of Arizona State University’s The State Press, a story near the back is headlined, “63 Faculty Members Are Promoted.” What made this edition of promotions so consequential was this: “Advance from instructor to assistant professor … John Edwards, elementary education.” With this appointment in the school of education, John Edwards became ASU’s first African-American professor. Read more.

2. Here’s what happens the first week at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

A flurry of freshmen gather in the Farmer Education Building on ASU’s Tempe campus for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College New Student Assembly to hear from Dean Carole Basile, college faculty and staff, and — quite possibly most anticipated — current students. Find out what happens next.

3. After 23 years in the classroom, Arizona’s Teacher of the Year is still learning

Michelle Doherty was named Arizona’s Teacher of the Year for 2017. She’s a first-grade teacher at Encanto Elementary School in central Phoenix and a graduate of ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Michelle has been in the classroom for 23 years. Find out more about her story.

4. 14 times our faculty were recognized for changing the face of education this year

Supported by staff and fulfilled through students, the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College mission is followed through by our esteemed faculty. They are creative intrapreneurs, dedicated to the college, their disciplines and their students. Read about our recognized faculty.

5. ASU #11 in world for education in 2017 ranking

The Academic Ranking of World Universities, published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, ranks ASU No. 11 in the world in the subject area of education. This is the second recent accolade for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, whose graduate education programs are ranked No. 11 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Read the entire article.

6. Empowering teachers through action research

Craig Mertler, associate professor and director of the Educational Leadership and Innovation doctoral degree program at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, decided he wanted to be an education research professor while he was still in high school — as a teacher. The path Mertler chose is called action research and he’s written three books on the topic. Find out more about action research.

7. Leading the way for technology in teacher preparation

Associate Professor Teresa Foulger is spearheading an international effort to use research and crowdsourcing techniques to establish a list of competencies for teacher educators: the Teacher Education Technology Competencies project. Find out more.

8. Alumna builds business with students

Twenty-one years ago and in her 40s, alumna Debbie Kovesdy left her real estate career and dove into teaching. Now, she's in business with her students. Read her whole story.

9. Mr. D visits, reinvigorates students and the teaching field

Mr. Joe Dombrowski is an energetic teacher with just a little more than six years experience in the classroom. He teaches elementary school at a Title I school in Michigan and shares why teaching is the most important profession. Read more.

10. Joe Staltz devotes 33 years to Title I school and leaves legacy

Joe Stultz dedicated his life to teaching disadvantaged students. A scholarship in his name empowers new teachers to follow his example. Read more about Joe.