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Stephanie DemareeStephanie Demaree, Ed.D.

Program Director, Liberal Studies

Dr. Stephanie Demaree is the Program Director of Liberal Studies at NDNU as of fall 2012. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Demaree has been a faculty member in the School of Education since the spring semester of 2006 working under Dr. Ferrera in the Multiple Subject Credentialing Program. She received her doctorate from the University of San Francisco exploring the connection between humans and their relationship to the environment through education and development based on the work of Sister Dorothy Stang. Before coming to NDNU, Dr. Demaree taught science to 6th, 7th and 8th graders in the Diocese of San Jose for six years, underscoring her passion and commitment to inquiry-based science education. She has been active in the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) since 2007, which is the newest assessment in California required for teacher licensure. She has worked with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) and Pearson on developing the national Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) as a benchmarker in middle childhood science, special education inclusive settings and performing arts: music. She is also the lead national trainer for special education inclusive settings for the national TPA.

She has worked with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) and Pearson on developing the national Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) called edTPA as a benchmarker in middle childhood science, special education inclusive settings and performing arts: music. She was also the inaugural national trainer for special education inclusive settings for the edTPA. She is currently writing a book chapter for publication with colleague Dr. Kelly Vaughn on teacher reflectivity and the TPAs.

Education History

  • Ed.D., Organization and Leadership. University of San Francisco.
    • Dissertation: Sustainability with an Ethical Aim: Lessons from an American Nun in Amazonia
  • M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction. Notre Dame de Namur University.
    • Capstone: Hands-On Science Activities in the Elementary Classroom, Who is Not Using Them and Why?
  • BA, Anthropology. University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz.
    • Honors in the Major

Courses Taught

  • First Semester Student Teaching/Seminar
  • Second Semester Student Teaching/Seminar
  • Science Methods
  • Assessment for the Classroom Teacher
  • Science in Action
  • Introduction to Education
  • Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies

Research and Interests

  • Teacher reflectivity
  • Performance Assessment for pre-service and in-service teachers
  • Ecoliteracy, environmental education
  • Elementary science education policy reform

Recognitions

  • NDNU Faculty Development Award Recipient Summer-Fall 2011
  • AMGEN Science Teacher of the Year Award Nominee (2003-2004)
  • San Jose Mercury News Teacher of the Week (October 7, 2004)

Professional Affiliations

  • California Council on Teacher Education
  • California Scholarship Federation Lifetime/Gold Member
  • Sonoma State University Masters Degree Review Panel Member, 2007

Research Presentations

  • "Summative as Formative: An examination of reflective practices in pre-service teacher performance assessments." A co-presentation given with Dr. Kelly Vaughn at the national Association of Teacher Education Fall 2012 Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • "Planning Across the Curriculum: NDNU's Story." A co-presentation given with Dr. Kelly Vaughn at the national PACT and edTPA Conference at the University of San Diego Fall 2012, San Diego, California.
  • “From Hitmen to Hope: Life Blooms Anew in the Amazon.” A presentation given for The Dorothy Stang Speaker Series, Notre Dame de Namur, March 15, 2012.
  • “TaskStream Assessment/Portfolio Technology.” A presentation to the faculty of NDNU, Professional Development Day, Notre Dame de Namur University, January 4, 2012.
  • “PACT for Master Teachers and Administrators.” A presentation to the NDNU Advisory Council, Notre Dame de Namur University, November 10, 2011.
  • “Opening New Doors When Opportunity Knocks: A Case Study of Closing the Gap for Our Teacher Credential Candidates.” Poster developed with NDNU School of Education faculty, California Council on Teacher Education Spring 2011 Conference, San Jose, California, March 25, 2011.
  • “Got Accreditation?: Poster Sessions in the CTC Accreditation Visit.” Poster Session with NDNU School of Education faculty, California Council on Teacher Education Spring 2009 Conference, San Jose, California, March 27, 2009.
  • “Designing and Managing the MS Subject Matter Tasks at Notre Dame de Namur University.” Facilitator and presenter of group session, PACT Implementation Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara, October 2008.