New Faculty in the School of Education

The School of Education is pleased to announce that Michele McConnell, M.A., will join our educational community as director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Michele will be succeeding  Sharon Merritt, Ph.D., who is retiring at the end of this academic year.


Michele received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington, Master of Arts from San Diego State University, and is ABD at the University of San Diego, where she is completing her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership for Innovation and Social Justice. She has extensive experience in K-12 education, serving high schools and district offices in both the Central Valley and the San Diego area.  Most recently, Michele has been a lecturer at the University of San Diego, UC Merced and Fresno State University. She believes that “teacher educators need to not only support pre-service and in-service teachers with learning about cognitive and pedagogical theories but also about social-emotional learning, equity and reflection. I attempt to do this by modeling these practices in my research, course design and teaching practice in the university classroom.”


In her personal faith essay, Michele wrote that:

Jesus teaches us the principles of freedom, equity, and peace. Despite the restrictions of his time, Jesus was not deterred from sharing his message. He was revolutionary in his ability to work outside and around a system that was oppressive and built for the powerful, he bore the burden of injustice, and he served the marginalized. He modeled how to be a servant, and challenges his followers to do the same. Jesus teaches us to be sensitive to the needs of others and to serve in the capacity we have been granted.


We are very pleased to welcome professor McConnell to the School of Education community!