THE QTEL TEAM
Senior Research Associate
Mary Schmida is a Senior Research Associate with WestEd’s Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) project. In this capacity, she develops instructional materials and designs and conducts professional development to enhance teacher knowledge in the areas of secondary English Language Arts teaching and pedagogy. Currently, Schmida supports QTEL implementation in the Austin, New York City, and San Diego school districts.
At the University of California, Berkeley, Schmida was an instructor in the College Writing Programs, where she designed curriculum and taught reading and composition to UCB freshmen and sophomores. While a graduate student, Schmida won multiple awards, including Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award and Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Prior to teaching at UC Berkeley, Schmida was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, where she taught English as a foreign language and worked with local village women in several grassroots business projects. She also taught at the National Teacher Training College in the capital city of Bissau.
Schmida received a PhD in language, literacy, and culture from the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds an MA in education and a BA in linguistics from UC Berkeley.
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