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estimated 70 percent of school teachers in San Francisco earned their
credentials or degrees at SF State. Countless others can be found in
classrooms across the country. How did SF State influence their careers
as educators? The following alumni, all of whom earned their teaching
credentials at the University, answer:
Noreen O'Connor (M.A., '93), an adjunct professor
at Georgetown University and associate director of Web communications
for the Association of American Colleges and Universities, found that
the faculty at SF State "showed me how to open up a space in the
classroom to allow many voices to be heard, and they stepped back to
allow their students the time to understand multiple points of view."
Thomas MacMillan (B.A., '60; M.A., '61) and
Leota MacMillan (B.A., '61) of Ukiah found that their
success in academia "was built upon the wondrous shoulders of the
faculty of San Francisco State University" including Tom Lantos,
DeVere Pentony, Thurston Womack, Art Bierman, Shep Insel, John Dennis,
Sinclair Kerby-Miller and Ed Kauffman. "We learned the craft of
teaching from men and women who were completely and selflessly devoted
to their students, their subject matter, and their academic standing
in the larger groves of academe, where they published, presented and
discussed. From them we learned the proper order of concern: students
first, subject matter second and the larger groves third.
is a former kindergarten teacher and preschool program director. Thomas
served as a dean and faculty member at three colleges including Mendocino
College, where an endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence was established
in his name.
What lessons learned at SF State serve you well in your career?
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and look
for selected responses in our online issue in May.
Teacher Training: A Look Back