Dr. Janet Grier
Assistant Professor of Education
Georgia State University – B.A. Sociology
Troy State University – M.Ed.
Argosy University – Ed.S.
Argosy University – Ed.D.
Subject Areas Taught at Brenau:
Teaching Social Studies
Integrating Fine Arts Activities
Methods of Educational Research
Technology for Educational Research
My philosophy in teaching embraces the constructivist approach, whereas classroom instruction is based on students’ interests, strengths, needs, and backgrounds. Additionally, all learning activities for students should address “how” students learn best. In essence, teachers must know students’ learning styles so that lessons are designed to meet each student’s academic and social needs. Most importantly, all learning which place in the classroom should have a major focus in teaching students how to become critical thinkers.
Academic and Research Interests:
I am very interested in conducting research on the topics of teacher retention and teacher-action research. In essence, I believe that teacher retention increases if they are delivering effective classroom instruction based on routinely engaging in teacher-action research. Furthermore, it is my hope to begin initiating research in these two areas within the next year.
Academic Affiliation and Leadership Positions Held
Coordinator – College of Education (Fairburn Campus)
EdTPA Task Force Committee Member
Teacher Education Advisory Committee Member
Comprehensive Exam Evaluator
Teacher Mentor – Cobb County Schools
Currently hold Certificates from Georgia PSC – Educational Leadership (L-7), Teaching Certificate P-5 (T-7, and Gifted Certified (Early Grades)