Victoria “Tory” Harvey taught secondary Social Studies and English for 10 years before leaving the classroom to pursue research on teacher education and professional development. Though she loved working with energetic middle schoolers, she discovered an interest in teacher education through her service as a cooperating teacher for Pepperdine University. Currently in the final year of a Ph.D. program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, her research centers on how pre-service teachers formulate the problems of teaching. She will be presenting some of this work at the American Educational Research Association conference in 2015.
After earning a BA in English and a teaching credential, Tory also completed an MA in American Studies at Pepperdine University and an MA in Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
In addition to teaching middle and high school, Tory worked as an instructional coach for a group of charter schools in Los Angeles.
In her role at Antioch University Santa Barbara, Tory coordinates the Teaching Performance Assessment and co-teaches an instructional design course with department chair Marianne D’Emidio-Caston. She is also the edTPA coordinator for UCSB and teaches several classes in UCSB’s teacher education program. When she is not teaching, she can be found exploring the far reaches of the world.