Dr. Deborah Farina
Associate Director of Field Experience, MAT
Director of Student Teaching Internship

Office:  McMurran Hall, 255
Phone:  (757) 594-7538
Email:   dfarina@cnu.edu

Education:
B.A. College of William and Mary
M.Ed. University of Virginia
Ed.D. College of William and Mary

Research Interests:

The role of reflection in promoting professional expertise

Using personal story writing as a reflective tool

PK-12 Teaching Experience:
Over 15 years in Virginia public schools, teaching English, creative writing, special education, and gifted education, as well as positions as English/Language Arts coordinator and curriculum specialist.

University Teaching Experience: 10 years in the following areas:

TCHG 516/517: Secondary Curriculum and Instruction Methods

TCHG 518L: Secondary Field Practicum

TCHG 550: Teaching Across Cultures

TCHG 580: Technology for Teachers

ENG 123/223

Recent Presentations:

  •  “Enhancing Teacher Preparation through Intern Story Writing.” Multiple-Paper Session presented with Dr. Marsha Sprague. Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, St. Louis, Feb. 16-18, 2014.
  • Using Disposition Assessment to Foster Candidates’ Social/Emotional Development.” Multiple-Paper Session presented with Dr. Marsha Sprague. Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Atlanta, Feb. 16-19, 2013.
  •  “Crafting Effective Field Experiences for Secondary Pre-Service Candidates” Multiple-Paper session presented with Dr. Marsha Sprague. Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, San Antonio, Feb. 11-15, 2012.
  •  “Affirmation through Accreditation.” Multiple-Paper session presented with Dr. Marsha Sprague. Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Orlando, Feb. 13-16, 2011.
  • “Owning Teacher Preparation: A Clinical Faculty Model that Works!”  Thematic session presented with Dr. Marsha Sprague. Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Chicago, Feb. 14-17, 2010.
  • “The Other Side of the Desk: Using Collaborative Partnership to Increase Preservice     Teachers Understanding of ‘School’.” Roundtable presented with Dr. Marsha Sprague at the Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Dallas, Feb. 14-18-, 2009.
  • “Learning Through  Teaching in Another Culture.” Thematic Session presented with Dr. Marsha  Sprague. Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Dallas, Feb. 14-18-, 2009.
  •   “Teaching and Learning in Belize.” Break-out session presented with Dr. Marsha Sprague     at the VACTE-ATE-VA Spring Conference. Sweetbriar, April 1-3-2009.

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