Dr. Mary Elizabeth Azukas headshot

Dr. M. Elizabeth Azukas is currently an Assistant Professor at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and has been an educator for more than 25 years, with experience teaching at the elementary, middle, high school, and post-secondary levels. She has held a number of different leadership roles including working as a curriculum supervisor, principal, curriculum director, and as an assistant superintendent.

 

Her career has focused primarily on innovation in education with the goal of increasing equity and access for all students as well as promoting authentic personalized learning.

 

Dr. Azukas’s work experience includes holding a key leadership role with the Office of Innovation for the New York Department of Education, in which she participated in the launch of the largest blended learning initiative in the country and facilitated several school re-designs. She held several leadership roles with the ground-breaking Florida Virtual School, named one of the “Coolest Schools in America” by Parent and Child Magazine. Here, she initiated the development of the first game-based online American history course: Conspiracy Code, for which the organization won a SIIA CODiE Award.  Most recently, Dr. Azukas’s work has focused on cultivating communities of practice to promote teacher self-efficacy in the implementation of P-12 personalized learning.

 

She consults with schools all over the world to facilitate strategic planning and innovative school redesigns. She has consulted with several universities and non-profit organizations in the development of innovative and accessible online programming. For example, she designed a course on leading online learning for the New York State’s Superintendent’s Council.

 

Other areas of interest/expertise include leading educational change; innovation and entrepreneurial skills; design thinking; curriculum development, alignment, and evaluation; competency-based learning; teacher staffing, coaching, and supervision; strategic planning; teacher and student creativity; online and blended learning, and communities of practice. 

Hello! You can call me Liz.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Elizabeth’s passion for education can be traced back to her work with teenage employees as a sales manager for the Juniors Department for a major retailer. She enjoyed teaching them about fashion, merchandising, customer service, and sales and seeing them grow and develop. This led her to pursue a career in education. 

EXPERIENCE

Over 25 years experience teaching at the elementary, middle, high school, and post-secondary levels.

I have held a number of different leadership roles including working as a curriculum supervisor, principal, curriculum director, and as an assistant superintendent.

The center of my teaching philosophy is students. I believe that thinking about learning begins and ends with the experience of students—what they bring to class, what they engage in the course and what skills, knowledge and values they carry with them thereafter. 

TEACHING

SPEAKING & consulting

I am available to do consulting, speaking, and professional development in-person and virtually on a variety of topics including virtual leadership, distance learning, design thinking, personalized learning and change leadership

RESEARCH & PUBLICATION

​RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

  • simSchool: Can a game-based teaching simulation enhance pre service teachers’ self-efficacy and locus of control?

  • Virtual Leadership: What are the competencies required for virtual leadership? 

 

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