CT Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell Joins USJ as Director of Clinical Education

In recognition of the importance of integrated clinical experience during teacher preparation programs, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) is proud to welcome Connecticut’s Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell, Ed.D., as Interim Director of Clinical Education, starting summer 2019.

“Our teachers are our heroes,” Wentzell said. “This University is a leader in teacher preparation because of how it integrates real classroom clinical practice throughout the Education and teacher licensure programs. New thinking is being applied to the preparation and placement of classroom teachers, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Interim Director of Clinical Education Dianna Wentzell, Ed.D.

Wentzell brings more than 30 years of classroom teaching experience and administrative leadership achievements to the University. In her current role with the Connecticut Department of Education, she has focused on statewide reduction of the Achievement Gap, an increase in the racial and ethnic diversity of the educator workforce, and the implementation of more rigorous standards and assessments.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Wentzell to USJ this summer. Her expertise is an exceptional addition to our outstanding faculty and staff, while her extensive experience, successful track record, and her local and national professional relationships will benefit our students and alumni,” said Provost Michelle Kalis, Ph.D.

USJ’s undergraduate and graduate Education programs – accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Connecticut State Board of Education and Office of Higher Education – lead to advanced education and teacher licensure in a variety of disciplines, preparing graduates for a lifetime of making a difference in society.

To learn more about USJ’s Education programs, click here.

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