Those that know me well know my very selfish main reason for being a teacher educator. I am preparing teachers to teach my five wonderful children. The other reason is that I am training teachers to teach your children. Those are very powerful motivators.
When I’m not teaching I can be found listening to or watching musical theater-nothing like the theater. When not listening to musicals I am most likely reading or watching t.v. with the kids and hopefully, a bowl of chocolate chip ice cream.
My favorite recent experience was teaching high school students involved in our Latino Educators of Tomorrow program. If you are interested in finding out more about this program, please contact me directly.
FAVORITE QUOTES (at least for now!)
1. Vivir con miedo es vivir a medias- from "Strictly Ballroom"
2. and gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche [sic]-Prologue to Chaucer's Cantenbury Tales
3. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths- Proverbs 3:5-6.
4. Live your life so you'll be remembered for the love you spread- Wendi Wittman de Berger, First Lady of Guatemala, speech given at UVU November 2007.
5. Have fun storming the castle!- Miracle Max from The Princess Bride
Ph.D. University of Utah, 2009. Teaching and learning, Emphasis: Multicultural Social Studies Education.
Administrator/Supervisor Certificate, 2002, Utah State University
M.S. University of Utah, 1995, American history
B.A. University of Utah, 1990, Major: History. Minor: Exercise and Sports Science.
I try and teach our pre-service teachers the way I want them to teach their classes-with the idea that it is better to teach a few things in depth, from multiple viewpoints, than to teach a lot of things in a shallow manner. We focus on one or two essential questions every week and make the discussions as real-world as possible. We continually try and build community, view our students as assets, help them appreciate diversity, see a world beyond themselves, and discuss difficult issues with civility.
Current Professional License Year Expires
Utah Valley University Associate Professor 2002-present
AlpineSchool District Assistant Principal 2001-2002
AlpineSchool District Social Studies Specialist 1997-2001
AlpineSchool District Teacher (Junior High) 1990-2001
Ramirez, A.D. (2012). Latino cultural knowledge in the social studies classroom. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 11(2), 213-226.
Ramirez, A.D. (2012). Mexican-Americans in the Era of WWII: Studying the Sleepy Lagoon Case and Zoot Suit Riots. Social Education. May/June, 161-166.
Ramirez, A.D. (2010). Why study history? The Armillary: The journal of the Utah Council for the Social Studies. 1(1), 4-5.
Ramirez, A.D. (2002) Cesar E. Chavez Model Curriculum: Middle School Lessons and Biography. Approved by theCaliforniaState Board of Education onFebruary 6, 2002. Middle level biography and most middle school lessons were individually written and developed. Published on-line through the California Department of Education
SERVICE and Committee Work
2011-present Insurance and Benefits Committee for UVU
2011-present Rank and Tenure-School of Education
2011-present History department tuning committee
2009-present UVU Summer bridge committee
2009-present Utah Scholars presenter- Utah Regents
2009-2011 Regents K-16 Minority/higher education committee
2008-2010 Director- UVU Latino Educators of Tomorrow
2007-Present UVU Hispanic Advisory Board
2002-2011 Advisory Board, Utah Three R’s Program
2002-2006 Selection Committee, Huntsman Teacher of the Year Award
2002-2006 Judge,Utah We the People, the Citizen and The Constitution Competition
2002-2006 County and State Delegate,Utah Republican Party
2000-2002 IHC Community Relations Board; NorthUtahCounty
2000-2001 President, Utah Council for the Social Studies
1995-2000 Board Member,Utah Council for the Social Studies