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Honoring Educators in Teacher Preparation and Recruiting!!

Tiya Karaus

Site Teacher Educator

Like many elementary school teachers, my own elementary experience was formative. After changing schools several times during the primary grades, I settled into school life at Chugach Optional, a public school in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Ron Meyer

Site Teacher Educator

My name is Ron Meyer and I teach ELA at Brighton High School in Canyons District. I run the Creative Writing program at BHS and publish the Runes Literary Magazine. I'm a world traveler from antique lands.

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Kellie May

Site Teacher Educator

Kellie May is the embodiment of a life-long learner. She first graduated from the University of Utah in 1995, earning a Bachelor of Science in health education with a history teaching minor.

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Teacher Educator, Dr. Lauren Barth-Cohen (EDPS, UITE), visits with faculty at Weber State University as part of efforts to make science teaching an engaging and inviting experience. Read More

Elementary Education Program Graduate

Continues her Commitment to Public Education



Angela Doan currently serves as Salt Lake City Mayor Biskupki’s Senior Advisor for Education. Angela is a proud first generation Vietnamese-American born Glendale-Salt Lake City native who taught in her childhood neighborhood and school district. As a former Title-I elementary school teacher with five years of experience teaching in mainstream, inclusive classrooms in grades 2-4, Angela was recognized as a highly effective teacher. Using data-informed practices, she led her team through a demanding federal school reform transformation process. Angela then moved into the legal field to bring a teacher's voice into education law and policy reform.

During her graduate studies, she was a program supervisor for a dozen student teachers and taught a weekly seminar on teaching and classroom management. She was formerly a legal intern with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the New England Innocence Project, and Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

In her current capacity, Angela advises and makes recommendations to the Mayor on policy development and educational programming based on current law, data, and best practices in education. Her current focus is on early childhood education and the school-to-prison pipeline. She serves as the city liaison to the local school district, agencies and entities. She chairs the Salt Lake Education Alliance, a collaborative working group of nearly a dozen local partnerships focused on educational equity and is the Mayor’s designee on the Salt Lake City School District Board of Education.

Angela earned a Bachelors in Elementary Education at the University of Utah, a Masters in Educational Leadership from Boston College Lynch School of Education, and a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School. She continues to be a Utah licensed elementary teacher and anticipates being sworn into the Utah State Bar in the fall of 2018.


UITE Summer Professional Development


Saturday May 19th

Menageries of Mathematics


June 4-7 & 11-14th

Math in the Elementary Classroom


Saturday June 16

PLUSS: Professional Learning in Utah for Student Success


June 18-22nd

Science in the Classroom

June 23rd

PLUSS: Certificate for Cultivating Compassionate Leadership

 June 21st

Online Courses Begin: Math, Science, Social Studies, & Language Arts


July 9-20th 

Elementary Science PD Workshop


July 9th-13th 

Instructional Coaching


July 16-20th

Social Studies in the Classroom



July 30th - Aug 3rd

Language Arts in the Classroom


July 25th & 26th

Trauma-Informed Classroom Course


 College Of Education' Secondary Licensure Student

Receives National and State Recognition

Read more about Sayro's story here

  Ms. Sayro Paw, Secondary English Teaching Major, Teacher Recruitment Scholars Recipient, and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) scholar has been selected to present her work, "Immigration stress among refugees resettled in Utah" at the at the 2018 National Conference of Undergraduate Research at the University of Central Oklahoma. Ms. Paw’s research was chosen from more than 4,000 submissions.

As event organizers noted, “…your abstract demonstrates a unique contribution to your field of study, and we are glad to offer you the opportunity to present your work to your peers, faculty, and staff from all over the nation.”

Ms. Paw will also present with her UROP Faculty Advisor, Dr. Akiko Kamimura, College of Social Work, at the 2018 Research on Capitol Hill event at the Utah State Capitol. This annual tradition features some of the best research by undergraduate students at the University of Utah and Utah State University.

Secondary Biology Licensure Student is Recognized!

  Suzette Boland is an intern teacher from the Urban Institute for Teacher Education (UIT) at the University of Utah. She is working at Cyprus High School, where she teaches Biology and Forensic Science. She found her love of science in college while attending SLCC. She transferred to the University of Utah in 2015 to pursue a Bachelor’s in biology.

While completing some community action hours at a high school for a class, she discovered she was meant to teach, and began pursuing a teaching license. In her free time she enjoys skiing, sailing, and aerial silks. She lives in Sandy with her husband, Hank, 2 dogs, and 1 cat.


 Teacher Education at the University of Utah

You can Make a Difference!

Our Mission Statement  (en Español)

The mission of the UITE is to prepare educators to serve urban students and educational communities in all their rich diversity. We conceive of educational diversity as the dynamic engagement of a range of cultural and urban traditions, including individual differences in ability. In preparing teachers and leaders to work within and across differences, we collaborate with community-based initiatives, seek out community partners, and continually work to discover fresh and innovative ways to approach both curriculum and pedagogy. Our goal is an educational process in which teachers, leaders, and teacher educators draw upon multidisciplinary research and direct urban inquiry to serve all students well. We welcome prospective teachers to this vital, sometimes daunting but always exhilarating, challenge.

UITE, Rose Park Elementary, and Elizabeth Academy Get REAL! team present at the National Association for Multicultural (NAME) Education's Annual National Conference. Their presentation features the work of multiple stakeholders in PK-3 education.

Stakeholder Commitments to Social Justice: Teaching through a Montessori Curriculum for Multicultural Education


Mary D. Burbank, Assistant Dean, Director Urban Institute for Teacher Education, University of Utah

Koeun Park, Williamsen Graduate Scholar, University of Utah

Jennifer Spikner, Head of School - Elizabeth Academy Salt Lake City, Utah

Nicole O’Brien, Principal, Rose Park Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah


Jessica Kornilakis, Teacher, Rose Park Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah

Maria Plancarte, Teacher, Rose Park Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah

Maria Sanchez, Rose Park Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah

Joel Arvizo-Zavala, Rose Park Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah



 Meet Your UITE Team!

Meet Your Advisors

Karla Motta

Karla is your Academic Bridge Coordinator. Karla works in collaboration with local high schools, community organizations and university members to provide academic, career, and financial advising to education teaching majors. When she is not on campus, you can find her indulging in the great outdoors of Utah as well as the many eateries Salt Lake City offers.  


Sara Hatch

Sara is your Academic Advisor. Sara is extremely invested in helping students achieve their academic goals. She enjoys interacting with students, introducing them to the resources they need to be successful, and helping students explore the great opportunities higher education can provide. Outside of work, Sara enjoys reading, going to plays, and spending time with friends and family.

Meet Your Faculty       

John Funk

Elementary Education

Peggy McCandless

Elementary Education

Kerry Herman

Elementary Education







Udita Gupta

Secondary Education




Congratulations to Tyler Davenport, UITE's Elementary Education Degree and Licensure student Learn More about Tyler's Capstone Project here.

Perhaps we must answer the question Why Teach? with Why Not?!




University of Utah Teacher Education Program Accorded National Accreditation

The University of Utah’s teacher licensure program receives national accreditation approval through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Approval through CAEP is in compliance with federal and state requirements for institutions offering teacher education programs.

A College-Wide Commitment to Urban Teacher Education

The Urban Institute for Teacher Education, in conjunction with the four departments in the College of Education and academic colleges throughout the University of Utah, prepares undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in early childhood, elementary, and secondary education. Through a college-wide core curriculum future teachers acquire the knowledge and skills in areas that include: school-family partnerships, multicultural education, educational law, assessment, special education, classroom management, and educational research. Classroom and community experiences through practica and service learning focus on issues of equity, access, and social justice for contemporary students, teachers, and families.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

The Urban Institute for Teacher Education is currently in partnership with several programs, clinics and research centers that will become part of the new Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex. These include The Center for Integrating Arts into Academic Learning in conjunction with the College of Fine Arts; The Center for Math and Science Education in conjunction with the College of Science; the Utah Education Policy Center; the Masters in World Languages Program and the English as a Second Language Endorsement Program in conjunction with the College of Humanities, the College of Education Reading and Literacy Center, the University of Utah Reading Clinic; the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring; the Center for Applied Technology in Education; and a college-wide focus on k-16 education for students from ethnically and culturally diverse families as a coordinated effort with the College of Education's partnership with the University Neighborhood Partners (UNP) program.




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Last Updated: 5/15/18