I am a faculty member in the Career and Technical Teacher Education program, specializing in the preparation of career and technical teachers/instructors and trainers. I began my teaching career as a high school technical and business education teacher. Over the years, I have worked with trainers, pre-service, and in-service technical teachers from different parts of the world, including Zimbabwe, Kenya, Lesotho, Uganda, and South Africa. I have held faculty positions at the University of Zimbabwe, State University of New York, Oswego, and Indiana State University.
I graduated from Kent State University with a degree in secondary education- comprehensive science. I enjoyed teaching chemistry, physics, environmental science and biology for ten years. When our first child was born, she was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after birth. Our family was suddenly introduced to the world of special education. I returned to Kent State to pursue a master's degree in special education.
I received my B.S. from the University of Alabama in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and my M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois. I taught Kindergarten, second and fourth grade in Illinois before earning my Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in Language, Literacy and Culture. Upon my graduation in 2001, I accepted a three-year post doctoral position at the University of South Carolina to work on a federally funded grant studying long term professional development.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. I am originally from Japan and earned a B.A. with 1st - 6th grade teaching licensure in Elementary Education in the Education Department, Yokohama National University, Japan. I also attended Tamagawa University for my Pre-K teaching licensure. After teaching in mostly Pre-K settings in Japan over 8 years, I decided to come to the United States to continue my education. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University.
Steve Mitchell has been at Kent State since 1992, having done Doctoral work in Teaching and Curriculum at Syracuse University, and Masters and Bachelors degrees in Physical Education and Education at Loughborough University, England. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters related to tactical games teaching, and with colleagues Judy Oslin and Linda Griffin wrote the book "Teaching Sport Concepts and Skills: A Tactical Games Approach," now into its third edition (previous editions having also been translated into Japanese, Portuguese and Korean).
I received my bachelor's and master's degrees from Kent State University and taught preschool, kindergarten and fifth grade in Northeastern Ohio. I pursued my doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Curriculum and Instruction so that I could find answers to the many questions that emerged in my work with children and families. My areas of interest include family diversity, the formation of teacher and student identities, and curriculum development that is inclusive for all children. I am co-founder (with Dr.
A Kent State tradition for 33 years, the annual Black Squirrel Festival will take place Friday, Sept. 5, from 12-6 p.m. on the Student Green and Risman Plaza. The Black Squirrel Festival, which is hosted by Kent Student Center Programming (KSCP), attracts more than 3,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Kent community. The event includes live music, inflatables, rock climbing wall, photo booth, food, local vendors, student organizations and thousands of giveaway items.
I began my career as a psychiatric social worker after earning my bachelor's degree in sociology from West Liberty State College, WV. A geographical move to South Texas provided opportunity for a pivotal career move into the field of education where I have remained, served, and taught in various roles: director/teacher in an early childhood education program, executive director for drop-out prevention and school-community partnership programs, and liaison for school (pre-school through higher education), business, and community initiatives.