People whose Department is Curriculum and Instruction

Judith McVarish's picture

Chair and Professor

St. John's Universty

Judith McVarish, Ph.D., is the Chair and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in The School of Education and a Vincentian Research Fellow, Class of 2012. She earned an M.Ed. in Mathematics Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies at Lesley University, MA. Her research interests are assessment and evaluation, student engagement in mathematics, and parental involvement. Toward that interest, she has developed “In Addition,” an afterschool mathematics program situated in a public elementary school serving 24 students in grades three, four, and five and their parents. She is also a leader and instructor in the institute for Catholic Schools, created by the Board of Trustees and the President of St. John’s University.

Brenda I. López Ortiz's picture
  • Ed.D., Instructional Technology and Media, Columbia University Teachers College
Brenda I.

Assistant Professor

  • Advancing the design, development, implementation and inquiry of meaningful technology-supported online, hybrid and face-to face learning environments

"I welcome this opportunity to contribute to the Vincentian vision and spirit within the University and to work with the Fellows to advance equal opportunities of excellence to disenfranchised communities and students through education aided by technologies. "

St. John's University

During her nearly 20-year long professional career, Dr. Brenda I. López Ortiz has worked as middle school teacher helping low income students learn English language skills, as teacher professional developer, educational website developer/editor and instructional technology assistant professor. Her research interests focus on online collaboration to foster meaningful learning helping students bridge social, cultural, economic, gender-based and digital divides.

Grace Ibañez-Friedman's picture
  • Ed.D., Educational Administration and Supervision, Rutgers University

Associate Professor

  • The development of teachers who work effectively in urban settings and with high-risk students (0 years-6th grade)
  • Inclusion education and special needs
  • Parent engagement strategies
  • The integration of the arts into academic education

"Being selected as a Vincentian Fellow launched both a period of reawakening and personal examination. Surrounded by such solid and caring scholarpractitioners, it is hard not to be moved into action and advocacy when examples abound at our collective table of how to alleviate the human condition by doing what you do anyway

St. John's University

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)