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Bauml Prepares Teachers for Urban Settings

Assistant professor in the College of Education,  Michele Bauml, poses near the College of Education. Beginning teachers have concerns about teaching in culturally and linguistically diverse schools, urban schools are often where the jobs are but teacher turnover is also an issue.

If the fears of young educators aren’t addressed, the consequences can be career altering, said Michelle Bauml, assistant professor of early childhood and social studies education. “Without excellent preparation and ongoing support as they begin their teaching careers, new teachers are seriously at risk of leaving the profession altogether.”

From the earliest days of her academic career, Bauml has been interested in studying young educators’ decisions to teach (or not teach) in culturally and linguistically diverse schools, which are becoming more typical in urban settings, as well as the implications for those who educate future teachers.

“Through my research and teaching, I strive to help prepare TCU’s future teachers for the important work of teaching in any context, but especially in urban schools,” said Bauml. “All children deserve excellent teachers, no matter where they attend school.”

Bauml’s interest in urban schools comes from personal experience. She taught third through fifth grades in Richwood, a small Texas town along the Gulf Coast, for nine years before accepting a position supervising first-year teachers in the Houston Independent School District — the largest school district in Texas. Read more on the TCU Magazine website