Elementary STEM Education
Meet the Faculty
Faculty in the Department of Education are committed scholars
with areas of expertise in teacher education, mathematics education,
science education, engineering education, social studies and history
education, English education, art education, museum education,
educational studies, and school psychology. Candidates in the MAT
program will engage with faculty from all areas of the department,
as well as with faculty in the disciplinary departments - such as
Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Engineering - through a variety of
coursework and seminar work. The faculty is firmly grounded in
research, with interests including early childhood mathematics,
elementary science/mathematics/engineering, art education, and urban
education. Thus, candidates in this program are exposed to current
ideas, perspectives, theories, and research in areas relevant to the
teaching they will be doing in elementary schools. In addition, a
dedicated staff of administrators, placement supervisors, and
multimedia specialists provide students with ample resources to be
both successful academically and in their career pursuits.
||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
||Linda V. Beardsley
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
||Bárbara M. Brizuela
Professor, Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts & Sciences
I have taught kindergartners, graduate students, and many others in between,
and my current research focuses on children's learning of elementary
mathematics, including early algebra, children's learning of the notational
number system and other notational aspects of mathematics, and mathematics
teachers' learning and professional development.
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.
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.
Research Assistant Professor
Jessica studies how learners reason and participate in science and
engineering. In particular she looks at how learning environments support
students in taking up the practices and purposes of these disciplines. While her
background is in physics, she also looks at learning in interdisciplinary
contexts involving biology, math, and engineering.