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Middle and High School Education

Meet the Faculty

The faculty who advise and teach the MAT candidates have all been classroom teachers themselves. They respect the work of classroom teachers and are eager to work with the next generation of educators!

Laura Rogers Laura Rogers
Senior Lecturer, Interim Director of Teacher Education and School Partnerships

Laura Rogers, Ed.D., Co-Director of the School Psychology Program earned her doctorate in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a licensed psychologist, she has practiced in a variety of settings, including schools, clinics, prisons, and in the community both in Massachusetts and in Nepal. She served as Director of Student Services and School Psychologist for the F.W. Parker Charter Essential School, which she helped to found. Laura teaches courses in special education and assessment, and she supervises field-based seminars.
Linda Beardsley Linda V. Beardsley
Senior Lecturer
Linda V. Beardsley has been teaching in the Education Department since 1997. She teaches courses that support the pre-professional field experiences and provide candidates for teacher license an understanding of the ways in which policy and practice interact to influence the profession. She teaches a course on The Global Educator, reflecting her work in Rwanda and chairs the Teacher Education Committee. She developed and directs the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative.
Steven Cohen Steven Cohen
Senior Lecturer
Steve Cohen has taught at Tufts since 1995. He works with the MAT students who will be teaching middle and high school history and social studies. He also teaches undergraduate courses in education, American Studies, and Peace and Justice Studies, and he is an adjunct in the History Department. Steve has a PhD in Comparative History from Brandeis.
Julia Gouvea Julia Gouvea
Assistant Professor
Julia studies biology learners and biology learning environments primarily at the secondary and post-secondary levels. She is primarily interested in studying and designing learning experiences for biology students that support scientific reasoning.
Brian E. Gravel Brian E. Gravel
Assistant Professor, Director of Elementary Education
Brian studies how people use representations to think and reason–within technological environments, in makerspaces, and in elementary school classrooms. He works with future teachers in STEM fields to foster intellectual approaches to teaching built on the belief that children are nascent scholars with many valuable resources that serve as the foundation of meaningful work.
David Hammer David Hammer
Professor, Department Chair
David studies learning and teaching in the sciences and engineering, across ages from young children through adults. Most of his work has been in physics; he started thinking about engineering education in 2010 when he joined the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.
Andrew Izsak Andrew Izsak
Professor, Director of STEM Education Program
Andrew's research focuses on how students and teachers reason about topics related to multiplication (including fraction arithmetic, proportional relationships, and linear equations). He is especially interested in how they make use of inscriptions (drawings) and resources for reasoning about quantities. In addition to research on teaching and learning, he enjoys developing novel mathematics courses.
Shameka Powell Shameka Powell
Assistant Professor
Shameka N. Powell is an Assistant Professor of Educational Studies and affiliated with the Master of Arts in Teaching program in the Department of Education. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her research focuses on equality of educational opportunity and the intersections of race, class, gender in school spaces.
Ryan Redmond Ryan Redmond
Ryan Redmond is a Lecturer in the Department of Education and has been a member of the department since 2010. In the middle of ten years of English and history teaching at the middle and high school levels, he completed his MAT work in Political Science/Political Philosophy at Tufts in 2004.