B.S., Chemistry, Alabama State University, 1995
M.S., Chemistry, Hampton University, 1998
Ed.S., Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Tech, 2001
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Tech, 2006
Getting an education was never an option for me. I always knew I was going to college
and I always knew that I would obtain some type of post baccalaureate degree. It was
engrained in me at an early age by my parents, uncles, aunts, and all other family
members with an interest in seeing me develop into an educated man. My family engrained
in me that it was my duty to get an education so that I could continue to help uplift
those who for so long have been locked out of the American dream. One way to uplift
is to, again, assist in making sure that everyone has access to a quality education
so that one day that cycle of poverty for many families can be broken.
My teaching philosophy was and is shaped by those who raised me and from my own educational
journey. I believe it is my job to prepare the best teachers possible to go out and
provide a good education for ALL children. It is my hope that I inspire those who
come in contact with me through my courses and everyday dealings to want to become
good teachers so that the students they teach can have a chance a productive future.
I believe as others, like Linda Darling-Hammond and James Banks believe, that it is
my job to challenge students to confront biases that they may hold in a supportive
yet challenging environment that gives them different perspectives and view points
to consider. I believe that this approach prepares prospective teachers within all
teacher education disciplines to be good teachers of all students regardless of ethnicity
or the socio-economic background.
I prepare teachers who are on the front line of this war against ignorance and poverty.
I believe that if I fail at my job then I am failing the many generations of students
whom the teachers I train will teach. I believe that my job is the most important
job in America and I want the teachers-in-training who I assist in preparing to feel
the same way as I. I believe it is my job to assist teachers-in-training understand
the importance of the profession they are seeking to embark on because they, as do
I, have the power to change the world one kid at a time.
My research interests include science and math education with a focus on how to attract
underrepresented groups of people into the field. My interests include the barriers
that prevent underrepresented groups from entering the arena of science and mathematics.
I also have an interest in mentoring at both the secondary and collegiate levels.
Most projects that I am involved in relates in someway to these core research topics.
Since being employed by the university, I have conducted a summer enrichment programs
for elementary students that focus mainly on science and mathematics. I have also
conducted summer programs for both middle and high school students as well. We have
also received grant funding during my tenure at the university to increase the content
knowledge of in-service teachers in the areas of science and mathematics. These are
only a few examples of the work that I have been involved with since I have been employed
by USA. The projects I work on involve teachers and students because it is that involvement
that gives me the first hand knowledge needed to instruct the teachers in training
enrolled in our teacher education programs.
My name is André M. Green and I am originally from Southeast Georgia from a small
town called Swainsboro. I received my undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Alabama
State University with a minor in Mathematics. I received my Masters degree in Chemistry
from Hampton University and my Ed.S. degree and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
with a focus in Science Education from Virginia Tech. I have taught mathematics, Physical
Science and Chemistry at both the middle and high school level while pursing my doctorate
at Virginia Tech. I am married and have two adorable little children.
EDU 340 - Fundamentals of Teaching - W
EDU 456 - Teaching Science
EDU 498 - Internship/Field Experience
SED 552 - The High School Curriculum
SED 555 - Curriculum and Teaching in the Secondary School
SED 556 - Teaching Science in Secondary Schools
SED 563 - Trends and Practices in Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary Schools
SED 564 - Trends and Practices in Teaching Science in the Secondary Schools
SED 597 - Intern in Secondary Education Science
SED 598 - Intern in Secondary Education Mathematics