Dr. Paolina Seitz
Associate Professor, Education
PhD Educational Psychology, University of Alberta
MEd, University of Lethbridge
BEd, University of Lethbridge
Specialization/research interests:curriculum alignment; second language learning; student assessment; outcome-based reporting; district and school assessment policies; school leadership; school improvement; teacher education
Paolina Seitz is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at St. Mary’s University. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Alberta in the Department of Educational Psychology. Her research interests lie in the area of curriculum alignment, student assessment, cognition, and effective leadership in school administration. Her interests in these areas range from theory to design to implementation. Before joining the St. Mary’s faculty, Paolina worked with Alberta Education in the Learner Assessment Branch and later was appointed on the curriculum redesign team in the Curriculum Branch.
Paolina brings with her a variety of teaching and administrative experiences in K to 12 education: teaching (primary and secondary), school counselor, Associate Principal, Principal and Associate Superintendent of Learning Services. She has presented at several conferences and most recently presented a paper at CSSE titled, The Role of Trust in Creating Safe Classroom Environments for Learning and Assessment. She currently teaches courses on educational planning, assessment of student learning (both formative and summative), and how the three pillars of education – learner outcomes, instruction, and assessment – can be aligned to support both teaching and learning. In addition, she teaches courses on religious education in the elementary school and an introduction to the personal aspects of the Teaching Profession Act.
Her interests outside of academia include going for walks with her husband (another educator), spending time with her family and friends, and traveling to tropical islands.