Ramirez, Axel Donizetti
Professor - Secondary Education
ME 112t
(801) 863-8091
(801) 863-7325
Mail Code:
2018 Vitae
Last Updated: 10/24/18 -


Those that know me well know my very selfish main reason for being a teacher educator. I am preparing teachers to teach my eight 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 live 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 or going on dates with my wonderful wife, Holly. 

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.  


  • Professional Educator License – State ofUtah – Level 3 2025
  • Utah Administrator/Advisor Certificate 2025


Utah Valley University Professor 2015-present

Utah Valley University Associate Professor 2009-2015

Utah Valley University Assistant Professor 2002-2009

AlpineSchool District Assistant Principal 2001-2002

AlpineSchool District Social Studies Specialist 1997-2001

AlpineSchool District Teacher (Junior High Social Studies) 1990-2001


Ramirez, A.D. (2018).  Morning Meetings Are Really Social Studies Meetings. The Armillary:  The  Journal of the Utah Council for the Social Studies.  

Ramirez, A.D. (2016).  Toward a People of the Pacific Curriculum.  The Armillary: The Journal of the Utah Council for the Social Studies.  

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




  • 2009- Traditional Latino Cultural Background Knowledge- CUFA, National Council for the Social Studies Conference, Atlanta Georgia.
  • 2003- The Pew Forum onReligion&Public Life,Washington D.C. Panel Discussion, “Teaching About Religion in Public Schools: Where Do We Go from Here?”
  • 2001- National Council for the Social Studies,San Antonio,Texas . Workshop “Putting it all together: Civics and reading comprehension.” Part of the NCSS Teacher of the Year workshops.


  • 2017  Inquiry Arcs in 4-6th Grade Social Studies Classrooms  
  • 2017 The importance of post-secondary education for all students. Rocky Mountain Middle School, Heber, Utah.
  • 2016  Why college matters for all students.  Polaris High School. 
  • 2015  A post-secondary education for all.  South Summit School District. 
  • 2014  Pacific Islander K-16 Transitions. Utah National Association of Multicultural Educators. Salt Lake Community College. 
  • 2014  Latino post-high school opportunities.  Granite School District Parent Night
  • 2014  College opportunities fro Latino High School Students- Presentation for Ben Lomand High School students visiting UVU campus. 
  • 2013  Diversity issues for educational leaders.  Utah State University extension program. 
  • 2013  Latino cultural ewalth-connections to student success.  UVU Wasatch College Prep.
  • 2012-Why college matters. The Stegner Young Scholars' Writig Institute. University of Utah.
  • 2011 Latino summer bridge programs. Utah National Associate of Multicultural Educators. Utah Valley University.
  • 2010 Latinos and concurrent enrollment. Latinos in Action conference at Utah Valley University.
  • 2008 The 3Rs in Higher Education. Utah 3Rs Conference at Westminster College
  • 2007 - Utah Education Association Annual Conference
  • 2007 -Utah 4thGradeSocialStudiesWorkshop-UtahState Office of Education
  • 2007 - Standards andPracticeAcademy forSocialStudies-UtahState Office of Education
  • 2007 - UVSC Annual Scholarly and Creative Activities Showcase with Dr. Nancy Peterson and Talitha Hudgins
  • 2006 - Utah 4thGradeSocialStudiesWorkshop-UtahState Office of Education
  • 2005 -Utah 4thGradeSocialStudiesWorkshop- UtahState Office of Education
  • 2004 - Moral Dimensions of Education and Latino Students- BYU CITES Associates Leadership Team retreat.
  • 2003 - Literacy Across the Content Conference sponsored by the BYU Partnership,Orem,Utah . Workshop “ Integrating Social Studies and Language Arts.
  • 2003 -BYUCenter for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling,Provo,Utah . Workshop, “Teaching Students the Responsibilities that go with Their Rights.”
  • 1999 - NCSS Regional Social Studies Conference,Salt Lake City,Utah . Workshop, “We the People, the Citizen and the Constitution: Authentic Assessment in Civics Education.”


SERVICE and Committee Work

2017-present   Noorda Theater for Youth and Educational Advisory Board

2017- present  UVU First Generation Student Committee

2014-present  Ethics Center Faculty Advisory Committee

2013-present  Pacific Islander USHE Impact Grant Committee

2012-2013  Faculty Senate

2012-2103 Faculty Benefits Committee

2011-2013 Insurance and Benefits Committee for UVU

2011-2013  Rank and Tenure-School of Education

2011-2012 History department tuning committee

2009-2012 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


  • 2011 UVU Community Engagement Award
  • 2009- UVU Alumni: Outstanding Educators of the Year (School of Education)
  • 2005 - FacultyExcellenceAward-UVSCSchool of Education
  • 2001 - National Middle Level Teacher of the Year, National Council for the Social Studies
  • 2001 - Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education
  • 2000 - Honorable Mention, TIME Teacher of the Year
  • 1998 - Utah Social Studies Teacher of the Year, presented by Utah Council for the Social Studies
  • 1997 - Congressional Internship: Senator Orrin Hatch, Office of the Judiciary
  • 1995 - PTA State Golden Apple Award
  • 1994 - James Madison Fellow
  • 1993 - Project Merit Award,Utah Humanities Council