June 19, 2002
Rosa Hernandez Sheets, an elementary education professor, received professional recognition for her significant contribution to preparing new teachers for the classroom.
Sheets received the Kappa Delta Pi award this spring from the American Education Research Association. The honor is given to scholars who received their doctoral degree since 1995 as a way to recognize the work of a beginning researcher. Sheets was nominated by colleagues from other universities.
Sheets was honored for developing a worthwhile program of research on teacher education, particularly research in the areas of classroom teaching and learning, development of new teachers and multicultural issues in teaching.
She was caught off guard with the award because the winner typically is a professor from a major research institution. Sheets said this award spells out good news for SFSU.
"It's a great honor for this award to go to someone at a teaching university," she said, adding that too often there is a misperception that state universities -- those with an intense focus on teaching -- can't also produce scholars.
Sheets earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in multicultural and bilingual education, social studies and human development from the University of Washington.
She spent more than 20 years as a classroom teacher in the Seattle area, working with students in every grade from kindergarten through high school. She's been a faculty member at SFSU since 1998 and often relies on her experience as a classroom teacher when training students to be teachers and when working on scholarly projects. She is in the process of conducting a 10-year longitudinal study on teachers of color and student achievement.
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