Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
- Ed.D. Educational Administration - University of Arizona
- MA, Organizational Communication: Human Relations - University of N. Colorado
- BA, Elementary Education and Communication and Journalism - University of N. Colorado
Dr. Montera began her career in Colorado as a classroom teacher. She taught in various settings from open classroom/team teaching to self-contained classroom. As a new teacher, she was puzzled by the conflict in her local community over a new innovative educational program. Thus, she began and completed her MA in Communication with an emphasis on organizational development, interpersonal communication and conflict management. She was elected and served as President of her local NEA teachers' union for two years. She has experience in collective bargaining and policy development. She became a staff member of the Arizona Education Association in 1989, serving as director of professional and instructional development and public relations. Continuing her interest and commitment to school reform, professional and community involvement, Dr. Montera began her doctoral work and coordinated the work of the Education and Community Change Project-a multi-year, school reform project in five economically poor neighborhoods and schools in Tucson, Arizona. Her research focused on school reform, professional dialogue and the school and community relationship. Following her doctoral program, Dr. Montera served as principal of a K-8, multi-age progressive school southern CA. At SSU she has served as the Co-Director of Educational Leadership Program and the CANDEL Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. She is active in faculty committees and Senate, serving as Chair of the Faculty Standards and Activities Committee (FSAC). She continues to work as an educational consultant with schools and districts on professional learning communities, teacher dialogue, curriculum, instruction and assessment issues, as well as community involvement. She continues to work as an educational consultant with schools and districts on professional learning communities, teacher dialogue, curriculum, instruction and assessment issues, as well as community involvement.