July 8, 2008
For immediate release
Ann Lippincott of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award by the Mental Health Association in Santa Barbara County. Lippincott was recognized for her educational efforts in Santa Barbara K-12 schools, as well as having taught a Mental Health unit for a 6th grade class at El Camino Elementary School in Goleta. Meanwhile at UCSB she’s hoping to work in collaboration with the Dean of Students Office and the Student Health Services to expand mental health education initiatives on the campus.
Lippincott says, “We must educate the public to promote understanding of mental illness, as well as mental health issues, and to reduce negative stigmatization of people living with mental illness.”
Dr. Lippincott is Associate Director of the Teacher Education Program (TEP) in the Gevirtz School. She received a B.A. in Comparative Literature and an elementary life credential from the University of Southern California. She received an M.A. in Education: Second Language Acquisitions and a Ph.D. in Education: Language/Culture/Literacy from UCSB. She has been with TEP since 1982. Her teaching focus is in the area of the special needs of English Language Learners. Her research interests include professional development among new and experienced teachers, focusing especially on contexts in which teachers engage collegially in problem solving in order to understand their work in schools. In addition to her professional activities in the United States, Ann has earned an international reputation for her work with teachers in Micronesia, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Perú, and Uruguay. She has been a Fulbright Scholar and an Academic Specialist for the United States Information Agency.
In February 2008 Lippincott was invited to present a week long series of seminars and keynote addresses for the Benemérita y Centenaria Escuela Normal del Estado (BECENE), a teachers college in San Luís Potosí, México. This project was under the auspices of the Secretaría de Educación del Gobierno del Estado. She shared her dissertation research as well as the conceptual evolution of the M.Ed. degree in our Teacher Education Program.
[Ann Lippincott is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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