“Working with the PBS team has been an incredible opportunity," Shea said. "It’s been a creative joy to incorporate my literacy background with my experiences with the Science Project at UCI. We anticipate that the series will invoke a great love for science for all children.”
Shea also collaborates with George Washington University in its GWTeach program, where she co-teaches the Introduction to Education courses. At both universities, she supervises student teachers in the field.
Shea said she can now pass along the training and mentoring she received at UCI to her pre-service teachers.
"I was fortunate to work with outstanding professors who are dedicated to developing excellent teachers and making schools better places,” Shea said. “I had the great fortune to work closely with Professor Judith Sandholtz to learn deeply about teacher education, Distinguished Professor Greg Duncan on rigorous statistical methodologies, Dr. Rebecca Black on qualitative research methodologies, and with Professor Mark Warschauer to ensure that my work was of the highest quality.”
Looking ahead, Shea plans to continue to publish, present, and consult in the field of language/literacy integration in content while working with pre-service teachers to ensure equitable and high-quality experience for all students.
"As teacher-educators, we have a responsibility to prepare the next generation of teachers to incorporate robust methodology while teaching them how to take on the role of advocate for all learners."