Dr. Kimberly Mayfield earned all of her degrees (including her Special Education Credential and EdD) while teaching Special Education classes in the Oakland School District. She joined the Education Department at Holy Names University as a full time professor in Special Education in 2001 and now in 2008 she becomes the first African American professor to receive the status of tenure. Dr. Mayfield sees HNU as a place where students learn their passion and teachers practice compassion. “I encourage all students to identify what they are passionate about, to set goals to live that passion and as Sister Rosemarie says, to ‘be unreasonable’ in reaching them! Through my work at HNU I am able to affirm and acknowledge who my students are while still holding them to high academic standards.” In addition to her role as professor she also currently works as part of the Effective Teachers for Oakland Task Force where she and other community leaders work closely with Major Dellums and the Oakland School District. Thanks to contributions from Task Force members like Dr. Mayfield the Oakland School District is making headway in addressing the teaching shortage in Oakland and ensuring youngsters have access to diverse and effective teachers. Many of whom are being educated by Dr. Mayfield right here at HNU!
Dr. Mayfield (right) is pictured here with Marion Marshall, Associate Professor of Education, during the 2008 Commencement Ceremonies.