Dr. Theresa Saunders
"[I began teaching because] it was a means of aligning my personal beliefs with, and supporting a district vision about, the significant and inclusive role of the arts in a district's instructional program."
- Ed.D. – University of Southern California, 2001
- Improved individual school and district academic performance.
- Created African American Young Men of Promise Initiative for Michigan Department of Education.
- Gave Title One national presentation on student voice in 2017.
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
EDLD 517, EDLD 612, and EDLD 617
What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?
How to be a leader in school reform, school finance and human resource management.
Why did you start teaching?
It was a means of aligning my personal beliefs with, and supporting a district vision about, the significant and inclusive role of the arts in a district's instructional program.
What advice would you give to those considering this online degree program?
Be engaged in the readings, assignments and discussions. Maximize the use of technology as a tool of learning and expression.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in education?
The ability to continually learn, grow, collaborate and take risks.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that educators face today?
Too many agenda items to implement and the lack of developed capacity to execute.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
The Bible: It has great stories regarding life, contains lots of drama, and challenges one's ability to understand literal and figurative skills.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.
I am an enthusiastic fan of and participant in jazzercise.