Thea Maestre, Ed.D.
Professor and Coordinator of the Multiple Subject Credential Program
For outstanding service and loyalty to the University
Throughout her professional career, elementary teaching has been the focus of Prof. Maestre activities. She received her teaching credential at Holy Names College in 1971. She then taught grades one through six in the Oakland Unified School District for twenty five years.
She collaborated with colleagues in the field of education and pursued an interest in studyingthe diverse ways in which people learn. She became a learning styles consultant for Dr. Bernice McCarthy’s 4MAT system, traveling nationally to present this work to teachers and administrators. After earning her doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley in 1995, she returned to Holy Names to prepare teachers for elementary schools. Following her interest in social studies curriculum, she co-authored a book with Dr. Joan Skolnick and Dr. Nancy Dulberg: Through Other Eyes: Developing Empathy and Multiple Perspectives in the Social Studies.
Over the years she has presented her work in teacher education and social studies education at numerous conferences for the California Council on Teacher Education and the California Council for the Social Studies
She has served as Chair of the Education department and coordinator of the Multiple Subject Credential program.In these roles, she interfaced with accreditation bodies and completed many tasks related to ongoing accreditation and assessment of programs offered by the Education Department.
Over the years, she has served on numerous university committees including the Teacher Education Committee, Rank and Tenure, Faculty Welfare, as well as search committees for positions within the university. Her work in curriculum development for diverse learners was the focus of the three year Irvine Faculty Development project, co-led with Dr. Kimberly Mayfield. This collaborative process opened dialogue about pedagogy cross departments and created enthusiasm for diverse ways of learning among students and faculty.
In her most recent work, she has incorporated Mindfulness as a stress reduction strategy for urban teachers into the intern teaching seminars. Dr. Maestrecontinues to foster the development of teachers in urban schools, encouraging the teacher candidates to work toward excellence and to design learning experiences which inspire joy and curiosity.