Dr. Muntean was born and raised in the New Orleans area, graduating from Mandeville High School in 1991. She attended Southeastern Louisiana University on a full-tuition Presidential Honors scholarship, and then graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Francisco State University, with a Bachelor of Art in painting in 1998. She later went on to study at New College of California, where she received a multiple-subjects, CLAD teaching credential, as well as a Master of Art in Teaching with an emphasis on critical, environmental, and global literacy. During this time, she completed her master’s thesis on utilizing action-based projects in the classroom to help build student awareness of resource inequities.
After studying Spanish for two years at Universidad La Salle in Mexico City, Dr. Muntean returned to New Orleans in 2006 to begin working towards a PhD. She received a full-tuition Graduate Dean’s IV scholarship to the University of New Orleans, where she completed her doctoral coursework in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis on language and literacy, as well as a minor in Spanish. Her dissertation was a mixed methodology study, primarily drawing upon qualitative data collection methods. For the purposes of this research, she spent an entire school year fully immersed in the research setting, investigating both the academic and social experiences of Spanish native speakers in a high school immersion program.
Dr. Muntean began her teaching career in Asia in 1999, where she taught ESL in Japan, and worked as a pre-school assistant in the Bali International School. She then taught elementary education for two years in the San Francisco Unified School District, followed by two years of teaching language arts, social studies, and mathematics at the American School Foundation in Mexico City. She next returned to New Orleans in 2006, where she taught middle school Social Studies, English, and Spanish at the International School of Louisiana, followed by working as an instructional coach and a classroom teacher at the International High School of New Orleans.
In addition to her time spent in the classroom, Dr. Muntean also has extensive experience in the area of teacher development. To begin, she has served as a TeachNOLA fellow advisor, helping to train foreign language and mathematic teachers. She has also worked as a master teacher in the Recovery School District, with the responsibility of observing and training both novice and veteran high school teachers. Additionally, she has served as an adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans, teaching a course to aspiring school leaders entitled “Leading the Learning Environment”, as well as a graduate level course on qualitative data analysis. She also has trained TESOL teachers, facilitating seminars on best practices in ESL strategies. Lastly, she has worked as an outside evaluator for Match Teacher Coaching, with the responsibility of observing 57 teachers in 18 New Orleans area charter schools. In this role, she helped to collect both quantitative and qualitative data for a project being conducted by a Harvard University doctoral candidate, which investigated the efficacy of a teacher-coaching program. For the purposes of this research, Dr. Muntean received her certification in utilizing the CLASS observation tool, which was developed at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Muntean is presently continuing her work in the training and development of New Orleans area classroom teachers. She currently serves as an assistant professor in the education department of Our Lady of Holy Cross College, where she works with undergraduate, alternative certification, and graduate students. She resides in the St. Claude neighborhood with her husband and two young daughters, and looks forward to making an ongoing contribution to teacher education in the New Orleans area.
B.A. San Francisco State University - Art
M.A.T. New College of California - Education
Ph. D University of New Orleans - Curriculum and Instruction
EDU 204 Foundations of Multicultural Education
EDU 210 Admission to Professional Education
EDU 306 Classroom Management
EDU 310 Instructional Methodologies
EDU 460B Curriculum and Instructional Strategies
EDAD 6805 Leading the Learning Environment
EDCI 6721 Qualitative Data Analysis
Supervision of PLEP Students
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