Fred Hamel

Fred HamelAssociate Professor and Director of School-Based Experiences, M.A.T. Program, School of Education

I am currently an Associate Professor of Education & Director of School-Based Experience at the University of Puget Sound. My interests include adolescent development and diversities, scaffolding instruction, and teacher learning, especially how teachers come to learn about student literacies and diverse ways of knowing. I focused much of my early writing on the thinking and practices of secondary English teachers and continue to seek to understand language development at the intersection of teacher and learner perspectives. Recently, I’ve become interested in models of school-university partnership, mentoring practices, and building capacity for teacher development within small schools of education.

I grew up in Seattle, and much of my family lives in the Northwest. I studied in the Bay Area before moving to Chicago, where I received my teaching degree. I taught primarily English/language arts for more than 12 years, in both urban and suburban high school settings in Illinois and Washington, before coming to University of Puget Sound in 2000. I'm married with two kids, grown now, both of whom attended Tacoma schools. I've played soccer for more than 40 years and still coach and play occasionally.