Professor Anne Dichele
Dichele, a professor of education in the School of Education and a former public school teacher, believes that high quality teacher training is crucial. "As a classroom teacher, I felt blessed that I had great training. It really made a huge difference."
For the past 13 years, she has brought that passion into Quinnipiac's classrooms, offering the same rigorous training that she received to Quinnipiac's future teachers. "Everyone thinks they understand [teaching]," Dichele explains, having gone through the school system themselves. "It's different on the other side of the desk."
Quinnipiac's School of Education places emphasis on pragmatic training and clinical experience. "We really work hard to have our students placed in clinical settings where great teaching is happening," Dichele says. "We don't simply place students anywhere. The clinical placements all should be modeling excellent teaching."
The MAT curriculum includes field-based experience from junior year on, so students spend a large amount of time in local schools. "It's crucial to meld theory with practice," she explains.
All professors in the School of Education are or were practicing teachers. "We stepped out of public school classrooms not because we didn't like it, but because we loved it," Dichele says.
To support its mission, Quinnipiac has forged partnerships with several local schools, including Side By Side Charter School in Norwalk, Conn. Dichele was a founding member of Side By Side - one of the state's first charter schools - and serves as chair of its board of directors.
Side By Side has made a unique, formal commitment to working together with Quinnipiac to help develop the very best teacher candidates for the future. In return, Quinnipiac offers professional development to Side by Side teachers. "It's a really great collaboration," Dichele says.
One way Dichele knows she's doing something right is the positive feedback she receives from former students. "It's so rewarding to hear from graduates who love teaching."
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