Natasha Iszard

Dr. Natasha M. Iszard

Assistant Professor of Education

niszard@brenau.edu
770-533-5409

Education:

Alabama State University, B.S.
University of South Alabama, M.Ed.
Argosy University, Ed.D.

Subject Areas Taught at Brenau:

  • Understanding and Managing Learners
  • School and Society
  • Content Applications
  • Content Methods: Elementary Education
  • Introduction to Multicultural Education
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy in Multicultural Education
  • Integrating Fine Arts Activities

Teaching Philosophy:

R.D. Clyde states that, “Getting things done is not always what is most important. There is value in allowing others to learn, even if the task is not accomplished as quickly, efficiently or effectively.” I realize there is a time limit, a small window of opportunity, to impact educators. My greatest hope as an educator is to give a lasting and positive impact on the value of education to everyone I encounter. I employ elements from the essentialism and progressivism philosophies of education when I lecture. The progressivism philosophy of education places learners in the center of their education. I believe that it is very important to invite students in the learning process and it’s important to show appreciation for their contributions. Even though essentialism is a teacher-centered philosophy and puts very little importance on students’ interests, I do believe the core curriculum in the essentialist classroom is necessary for students to learn and connect to the things around them. My philosophy is also characterized by service. Mentoring is key to my philosophy of education. The objective of mentoring is to develop within that person a love of learning and the desire to become a lifelong learner. I believe that all students, young and old, no matter where they are in the learning process, should be mentored in such a way as to challenge them to explore not only their chosen field of study and interest, but other areas as well. My career has come full circle, after 20 years in the K-12 setting, I’m returning to my roots to educate the young. My desire as a professor is to continue building on the foundations of education by equipping future educators with the skill set to successfully implement the K-12 curriculum.

Academic and Research Interests:

  • K-12 Curriculum Development
  • English Language Learners
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Empowering Women
  • Gender Equality
  • Community Misconceptions

Academic Affiliation and Leadership Positions Held:

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Black Child Development Institute
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education