I am a teacher educator and educational researcher interested in a wide range of topics related to the learning process. All children are learners and I adhere to this premise in all of my work. I received my B.S. from the University of Dayton, my master’s degree from Oakland University, and my Doctorate of Education from the University of Virginia. My areas of emphasis include special education/reading, educational law, math and science education, and teaching and learning through the college level. I joined the Randolph College community in 1993.
As an educator I have taught in Ohio, New York, Michigan and Virginia. I was drawn to students who were intelligent but performed behind their peer group in school. As a result of these experiences I pursued a master’s degree focusing on reading and learning abilities and disabilities. My doctoral studies included work in curriculum and instruction, leadership and policy studies and child development/psychology. My dissertation was based on the work of Lev Vygotsky and explored the writing development of emergent readers and writers. I have worked with pre-K through high school aged students who were diagnosed with mild or moderate reading and learning disabilities in a wide range of setting at both private and public schools.
My research work includes work in Bangkok, Thailand and Lahore, Pakistan where I have traveled and worked with teachers in public schools and colleges. I research how teaching and instructional practices influence student learning and classroom climate. My work includes reading, science, mathematics and college teaching practices.
During my tenure at Randolph I have worked to promote higher education and the importance of the liberal arts and its practical application to various professional career opportunities. I enjoy working with colleagues on leadership, change and transition, and strategies that help move the college forward.
I am actively involved in a variety of professional organizations including the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, the American Education Research Association, Virginia Association for Science and Technology, and the American Association for University Women. In addition I work closely with the Jubilee Family Development Center, New Vistas Schools, and Camp Kum-Ba- Yah Environmental Center to promote learning outside of the traditional school day. My current research involves student interactions in college classrooms, science and math education, and mentoring practices to enhance teacher retention.
Consuella Woods (e-mail )
Instructor in Education
B.S., Bluefield State College, M.A., Lynchburg College
Education wasn't always the profession of choice for Consuella Woods. When she first entered college, she wasn't sure if teaching would be right for her. But after a few years, she learned that teaching was in her blood.
She was always helping people and always wanted everyone to meet their maximum potential: both characteristics of a successful teacher.
Today, Woods is retired, meaning she has started yet another career path -- that of a college professor. After about 34 years as a teacher and principal for local public school divisions, Woods left the world of public education to become an education professor at Randolph College.
A graduate of Bluefield State College, Woods received her master's degree from Lynchburg College and also completed work at the University of Virginia. She has worked for Prince William County Schools, Bedford County Schools and Lynchburg City Schools.
For Woods, teaching others to teach has its own rewards.
"The textbooks will tell you all of the information," she says. "But I've lived it. I have the opportunity now to help others learn to do what I did for so many years. I have the opportunity to help students become effective teachers and effective administrators."
The bottom line, she adds, is to help all students, whether they are college-aged or younger, to succeed.
Woods was the first minority female of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals and was an officer of Phi Delta Kappa. She has served on numerous school and community organizations including Camp Child, The Lynchburg Family Physicians Board of Directors and the Lynchburg College Advisory Board.
She has been a speaker at several professional conferences including the VASSP Summer Administrators Conference and the Women's Resource Center at the University of Virginia.
Woods spends her free time reading, cooking and singing. She is active in her church and loves to spend time working with youth.