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November 30, 2009

 

Kimberly Gordon Biddle
Associate professor of Child Development, College of Education

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Kimberly Gordon Biddle

Hometown:                                                                  
I am originally from Colp, Ill. I grew up there and in Las Vegas, Nev. 

Area of expertise within your field of study:                                           
Academic resilience and motivation – teaching students to be motivated to succeed academically even though they may come from a background of poverty and stress.

Educational background: 
I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and music from University of Redlands, an Educational Specialist degree in Program Evaluation from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Child and Adolescent Development from Stanford University.

What’s on your mp3 player:
I like all kinds of music, besides really hard rock and really hard rap.  My favorite right now is "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus.

Favorite book or the last book you read:
The last book I read was New England White by Stephen Carter.

Favorite city to visit, and why:
Paris in my dreams, but I have been there three times. San Francisco most practically, and I go there every chance I get. 

Who most influenced you to become a teacher:
Marva Collins. She started her own school to help African-American children from impoverished and stressful homes succeed academically. I guess in a way, my college professors too because they were good role models.

 


 


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