Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, Faculty

Marie Byrd-Blake is an assistant professor in the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy Studies at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. A native Floridian, she received her BS and MS in Elementary Education from Florida State University and Florida International University, respectively and her EdD in Educational Administration and Supervision with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida International University. Marie has a strong background in urban school education with 15 years of service in the Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida as a teacher, Title One Curriculum Specialist, and Assistant Principal. Prior to arriving at USF Sarasota Manatee in fall 2007, Marie held the title of assistant professor in Educational Administration at the University of Memphis and at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

What made you come to USFSM? 

I sought a University in my home state as well as a position that allowed me to focus on teacher education.

What special projects/research are you involved in?

    • February 22, 2013
    • Emma E. Booker 5th Grade Students will present their artwork that is currently being displayed in the College of Education Hallway. The event will highlight the “What I Can be With a College Degree” theme as it promotes higher education among students from diverse backgrounds. The Educators’ Alliance Student organization here on campus is has worked hard to sponsor this event.
  • I am president-elect of SRATE (Southern Region Association of Teacher Educators) and of FATE (Florida Association of Teacher Educators). SRATE will hold the 60th Annual Conference October 10-12, 2013 here at USF Sarasota Manatee. The theme of the conference is Teacher Effectiveness: Brilliance in the Making. As president-elect of SRATE, I am planning the conference. It will involve teacher educators from the following southern states:
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Maryland
  • On February 2nd, FATE will hold is winter meeting here on campus. At that time, FATE state representatives from Florida will participate in planning for the upcoming SRATE Conference.

What other positions have you held before this one and what were your roles?

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois                                              

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, School of Education

  • The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee                                                                               

Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership, College of Education

  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida                                                       

Assistant Principal, Reading Curriculum Specialist, Public School Teacher

If you were selling USFSM to an incoming student what would you say?

USFSM personalizes the higher education experience.

How has USFSM made you a better professional/person?

It has allowed me to grow professionally through service, scholarship and teaching.

What are some of your goals for the future?

My goals are to continue to bridge theory and practice in teacher education as well as further establishing myself nationally in my field.

What is the best part of USFSM?

The supportive climate of the campus is the best part of USFSM.