It is with great sadness that the GSE says goodbye to our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Emily de la Cruz, who passed away at her home on May 13, 2014, after a year-long battle with cancer. She was an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and the coordinator of the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP). For the last few years, she led the department in its Partnership Initiative, as well as GTEP revision efforts. In addition, she contributed a great deal to many other programs, including the doctoral program, GTEP, and the master’s program, as an advisor, teacher, and colleague.
She began her career in education in 1974, teaching English as a Second Language and Spanish at Cupertino Union School District in Sunnyvale California. She also taught primary students at Montebello School, a one-room school house in the Santa Cruz Mountains from 1975-1985. She was a pioneer in integrating technology into the schools, which motivated her move to higher education at UC Santa Barbara. There she worked in several positions in teacher education, earned a master’s degree in Instructional Technology, and a doctorate in Educational Psychology.
Emily moved to Oregon to join the GSE in 1992, becoming an important member of the department, the school, and PSU. She was known for her compassion and support for students, leading and teaching GTEP cohorts, teaching in the doctoral program, and serving as advisor for numerous doctoral students, including major doctoral advisor for sixteen graduates. She moved into leadership roles in the department in 2006, initiating and supporting the department work developing partnerships and revising the GTEP program, particularly focusing it on improving clinical practice.
Her research interests included technology practices in the K-12 classroom, global issues in education, reflective practice, and teacher education. For eight years, she worked in a summer migration studies program in Morelia, Mexico with Dr. Samuel Henry.
Emily was an amazing colleague—always showing grace, charm, and professionalism. Her respect and support for students and for colleagues was appreciated by all, and she embodied collaborative leadership that honored and included diverse perspectives.
She is survived by her husband, William H. Parm; her son, Virgilio Ramon de la Cruz; step-daughter, Melissane Parm Schrems; brother, David Smith; sisters, Rebecca Bush and Paula Smith; and mother, Dottie Rae Smith. A private internment will take place in San Jose. A public memorial service will be held at PSU in August.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Emily’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org, or to the GSE Curriculum & Instruction/GTEP/BTP Scholarship (direct scholarship gifts as follows).
PSU Graduate School of Education
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Portland, OR 97207
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