Etta Hollins, Ph.D.
Kauffman Endowed Chair in Urban Teacher Education
A large part of a program’s success is in the preparation of teachers and the need for those of us in teacher education to take ownership for the product we produce. I take pride in helping my students from various backgrounds, experiences and learning propensities go out in the world and get high outcomes.
Why do you love teaching at UMKC?
A very important part of my background is a focus on urban, inner-city education, and raising academic achievement for underserved populations. The relationship between UMKC and the local school districts helps me do that, and to see people are working to improve that relationship was important to me. Seeing that people were concerned and willing to take some responsibility for what happens in PK-12 schools is important, especially in an urban setting.
What’s your favorite part about coming to work each day?
The work that’s being done at the School of Education is exciting, and the fact that the university received the $8 million Teacher Quality Grant from the U.S. Department of Education is very interesting because I have spent most of my career involved in the transformation of pre-service teacher preparation. I feel really good about the opportunity to think about this differently, in a different context, with different issues, different faculty and different expertise moving forward.
What do School of Education students get at UMKC that they can’t get just anywhere?
We offer our students the opportunity to partner with Kansas City area school districts so that they can get real world teaching experience. This plays a big role in preparing our students to be excellent teachers.