Meet Dr. Reggie Todd, Lesson 3 and 4 Instructor

 In Rockstar Teachers, Teacher Certification

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
– Nelson Mandela

reggietoddLike Nelson Mandela, Dr. Reggie Todd is a firm believer that education can change the world. So much so that he has devoted his life to a career in education. Dr. Todd began his teaching career in 2005, following in the footsteps of his grandmother, a retired educator, and other teachers who made an impact on Todd.

“I was blessed to have great teachers throughout my academic career who cared about my personal and academic development,” said Dr. Todd. “These teachers encouraged me to strive for more and not settle for mediocre. I became a teacher because I believe there was and still is a need for caring teachers. Teachers create the future and I am honored to be able to serve my students.”

Dr. Todd is currently is the Lesson 3, Lesson 4 and Benchmark Assessment instructor for TeacherReady and an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Texas Southern University. In his tenure, Dr. Todd has served as a middle and high school mathematics teacher, a tenured professor of mathematics and an assistant professor of STEM education. Dr. Todd is a former member of the Florida Education Association and a current member of the National Education Association, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Texas Alliance of Black School Educators and Research Association of Minority Professors.

Though his rap sheet is quite extensive, Dr. Todd doesn’t completely credit his teaching experience to his success as an online instructor. “I have completed numerous professional development trainings and reviewed many peer-reviewed journal articles on online pedagogy. But I believe what prepares me the most is my experiences as an online student.  As an online student, I know what I desired from instructors; therefore, I try to be that instructor and so much more.”

As an online teaching instructor, Dr. Todd has the opportunity to impact and mold future teachers. “Being able to model best teaching practices to my teacher candidates allows them to know how to work with their future students,” says Dr. Todd.

Dr. Todd believes that an online instructor needs to have the same skill set as a face-to-face instructor.  In addition to those skills, he needs to be understanding of students’ computer competency and how this can interfere with learning. Dr. Todd’s students have often praised him on his prompt responses, feedback and genuine care for their education.

“A classroom teacher has the potential to impact a child’s life. I am excited to work with each of my teacher candidates as they strive to gain their professional certification ,” says Dr. Todd.

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