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Portrait of Teacher Education

Professor Chris Faltis is strengthening teaching and learning by re-inventing teacher education

Education professor Faltis believes good teachers are like artists: knowledge is their medium and students are their collaborators in a lifetime of discovery.

Dolly and David Fiddyment agree. The Fiddyments also believe a child’s success depends on great teachers like Faltis and the student teachers he instructs at UC Davis. For that reason they established the Dolly and David Fiddyment Chair in Teacher Education at UC Davis, which Faltis currently holds.

“The School of Education prepares innovative and enthusiastic teachers who can help students blossom,” said Dolly Fiddyment, who taught elementary school for 25 years.

“This is the best investment we could make in the future of education, especially with Chris at the helm,” said David Fiddyment, whose great-grandmother built and taught at one of the first schools in Roseville in the 1880s.

At the School of Education, Faltis leads a program that encourages student teachers to better utilize the knowledge and interests of their students, especially regarding technology, to find better ways of learning.

“Our whole program encourages inquiry into practice and empathy with students,” Faltis said.

The Fiddyment Chair has opened many more doors for Faltis, he said. It also has helped shine a national light on the School of Education’s approach to teacher education and has given UC Davis a greater voice in the field of teacher education.

“I am really impressed with the Fiddyments,” he said. “As a family, they have been devoted for generations to the education of children. I am humbled to hold the Fiddyment Chair.”