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Harriett Arnold

female professor

As a teacher myself, I am reminded of my own personal teaching journey. To become a teacher may begin with interest, but quickly move through stages, such as becoming absorbed, forgetting self, and concentrating on the identity and integrity of teaching. I know that the joy of teaching involves a collaborative approach. . . a connectedness.

Parker Palmer writes in his book, The Courage to Teach, “that teachers weave the fabric that joins them with students and subjects, the heart is the loom on which the threads are tied, the tension is held, the shuttle flies, and the fabric is stretched tight.”

I believe that the transformation from student to teacher is intellectually stimulating and provides opportunities for creativity and achievement. Becoming a teacher is a journey filled with a myriad of experiences, learning, sharing, developing and possessing of the capacity for connectedness. It is important to me to weave that highly complex web of connections for teachers.

In learning to demonstrate this task of weaving, my students can learn to weave a world for themselves. A world that is inclusive of themselves, subjects, and the students in their classrooms. It is a significant world where intellect, emotion, spirit merge and are connected to the head and the heart.



EdD, University of San Francisco, CA
Program Concentration: Curriculum and Instruction


MA, Elementary Education, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Specialization: Reading


BA, Social Welfare, San Francisco State College, San Francisco, CA
Minor: Psychology

Research Interests

  • Reading
  • Curriculum
  • Multicultural education
  • Affective factors in learning
  • Early childhood
  • Community-school partnerships
  • Teachers as researchers