Isabel Quita

Isabel Quita

Department of Elementary Education

Contact

172 Burk Hall

(415)338-3416

quita@sfsu.edu

Biography

Growing up in the Philippines in a family of educators, I never wanted to become one myself. At an early age, all I wanted was to travel and explore the beauty of nature. However, opportunities to travel were hard to come by when schooling was my main focus. I completed B.S. Food and Nutrition and later got a K-6 Teaching Credential and became a school teacher for 17 years. A chance to travel to Japan and be part of a Teacher Scholarship Program came by, so I grabbed the opportunity; there I completed a thesis in International Education. Upon returning back to the Philippines, I continued teaching while pursuing Graduate Studies in Elementary Education, minor in Biology at the University of the Philippines. I was also accepted to the Education Doctoral Program at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and this started my pursuit to become a science educator. After graduation, I became a science methods instructor at the College of St. Rose, Albany, NY and an adjunct lecturer at SUNY-Oneonta for several years. An opportunity opened up at SFSU and since 1999 I have been teaching K-6 Science Curriculum & Instruction in the Department of Elementary Education and mentoring/supervising student teachers in SF Bay Area schools. I have collaborated with the Department of Geosciences and co-taught GEOL 309 for several semesters in the past. Since fall 2015 I got involved with CSME as faculty of their STEM House

grant to co-teach with Dr. Adrienne Cool an astronomy-education emphasis for undergrads – EED 655 – Hands-On Undergraduate Science Education Experience. I speak Tagalog, Japanese and Spanish. I am enjoying this journey with colleagues, students, and the entire campus-community.