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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The College of Education is very happy to welcome Dr. Beth Fleener to UTA as Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the new Office for Accelerated Online Programs. Dr. Fleener comes to UTA from the Grand Prairie Independent School District, where she successfully taught elementary math at Title I campuses while serving as grade level team leader and campus math committee chair. She has also taught at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where she facilitated class discussion on cultural and classroom diversity and provided in-depth understanding and guidance in teacher certification programs, as well as other related topics, and where she managed students’ Early Field Experience hours and documentation.
“Because I am coming directly from the public school classroom, I am uniquely suited to provide valuable and integral insights of the challenges educators face in today’s classroom,” Dr. Fleener says. “With this acquired knowledge, I am able to prepare and equip our future teachers in addressing these challenges even before they enter the classroom.”
Dr. Fleener received her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on Elementary Education Mathematics from UTA. She also completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and Higher Teacher Education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Both of her advanced degrees were delivered through online platforms.
“As I will also serve as the director of the newly launched Office of Accelerated Online Programs, my experiences as being a successful graduate of online programs, enables me to bring a more holistic approach to developing community and connectivity with online learning environments. I am looking forward to developing more Accelerated Online Programs to meet the growing educational needs of educators while addressing and adapting to the diverse 21st century learner.
“As I am a returning alumni, it feels like coming home. I am so honored to be part of the UTA family.“