Lecturer, Department of Teaching and Learning
Becky has spent nearly two decades working in education. 10 of those years were spent working in urban education in Metro Nashville Public Schools where she helped implement and launch the International Baccalaureate Program in MNPS.
From urban education and French teaching, she’s spent the last several years in higher education working at both Peabody College in the Secondary Education Program and in the College of Arts and Sciences teaching in the Department of French and Italian.
At Peabody, much of her time is focused on building strong school partnerships between Peabody and the surrounding school systems, facilitating practicum and student teaching placements, and preparing pre-service teachers to bridge theory and practice as they approach student teaching and their eventual classroom spaces. Her areas of interest are in promoting and sustaining humanizing pedagogies in all classroom spaces, approaching classroom management from an ecological perspective grounded in the notion of care and belonging, thinking intentionally about the triad relationship of student teacher-mentor teacher-university mentor and infusing each of these with a lens for social justice and equitable practices.
Additionally, she is motivated by the study of second language acquisition, identity development in a second language and civic identity development.
Annual Reading Forum (ARF) – Learning From and With Literature: Children’s Nonfiction Texts Representing Disability – Moderator, Fall 2018
Annual Reading Forum (ARF) – Live-Actor Simulations to Unpack Assumptions and Enter Difficult Conversations – Co-presenter, Fall 2018
ACTFL – 7 Billion Others and Me: Introspection for Global Tolerance – Co-presenter, Fall 2018
AACTE – Exploring Signature Pedagogies to Develop Critical Dispositions – Co-presenter, Spring 2018
AERA – Student Engagement and Activism – Co-presenter, Spring 2018
Tennessee Foreign Language Teachers Association Conference – Co-presenter, Fall 2014 “First Year Teachers in the World Language Classroom”
Tennessee Foreign Language Teachers Association Conference – Co-presenter, Fall 2013 “The Vanderwiki Project: A Social Pedagogies Approach to Cultural Issues in France.”
Southern Conference of Language Teachers (SCOLT) – Co-presenter, Spring 2014 “Innovations in technology use at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Second Language Studies: Wikis and Skyping”
Tennessee Foreign Language Teachers Association Conference – Co-presenter with Virginia Scott, Fall 2003 “ACTFL and the State Standards for Foreign Language Teaching”
Humanizing Pedagogies – Vanderbilt University – Dr. Lani Horn – Fall 2018
Response to Diverse Learners – Vanderbilt University – Dr. Ocheze Joseph – Fall 2018
Secondary Education Student Teaching Seminar – Vanderbilt University – School-Home-Community Connections – Spring 2018
Center for Second Language Studies – Creating your Teaching Portfolio – Vanderbilt – Spring 2018
EDUC 3310/6310 – The Ecology of the Classroom – Summer 2014, Summer 2015, Summer 2016, Fall 2017, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Summer 2019, Fall 2019
EDUC 3872 – Practicum II – Assessment in Secondary Education, Fall 2017
EDUC 3720 – Principles of Teaching English Language Learners, Fall 2016
EDUC 2340/3871 – Practicum I in Secondary Education – August 2011 – present
FLED 2960 Independent Study – Spring Semester 2013, Spring Semester 2014, Fall Semester 2015
FREN 2203 – Contemporary France and Francophone Cultures – Fall 2014 – Present
FREN 103 – Intermediate French – Fall 2011 – Spring 2014