My name, as
you already know, is Ray(mond) Ostrander. I am employed as an Associate
Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum (TLC) at Andrews
University. My raison d'être is the teaching of pre service
and inservice teachers in the English/Language Arts, particularly
the components of writing process, content area reading, and developmental
reading. My current
teaching responsibilities include, but are not limited to, Content
Area Reading Methods, Social Studies Methods, Improving Instruction,
Language Arts Methods, Developmental Reading Methods, and various
Instructional Technology courses, as well as the supervision of
student teachers and directorship of the Master’s of Arts,
Teaching (MAT) program. I have been an Andrews Teacher Education
faculty for the last eleven years.
the years I have heard numerous education majors complain that the
professors from whom they took methods courses had no practical,
first hand classroom experience. I was one such student. "Theory
is wonderful, but show me how you've applied it!" So, early
on, with the goal of actually being a college/university teacher
some day, I sought real life, classroom teaching experiences.
I taught, among other
disciplines, the English Language Arts in elementary and secondary
schools for seventeen years, including Glenview Junior (Glendale,
Arizona), Nevada (Missouri) Elementary, Sunnydale Academy (Centralia,
Missouri), and College View Academy (Lincoln, Nebraska). During
these years I taught writing in many types of classrooms, including
multi age/multi grade classrooms and self contained classrooms.
I have also taught writing classes at Union College in Lincoln,
experiential background enables me to bring to my teacher training
classrooms a thorough understanding of instructional and student
needs at K-12 levels.
emphasis was in English and music (BA), most of which I studied
at Pacific Union College. I received
a MS from the University of Tennessee,
Knoxville, in English Education. My Ph.D. was acquired at the University
of Nebraska, Lincoln, in the inner departmental area of Administration,
Curriculum, and Instruction.