Coeur d'Alene Welcomes New Faculty

The University of Idaho is introducing two new faculty members this fall as it expands its North Idaho programs in the College of Education (COE) and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS).

Julie Amador joins the U-Idaho Coeur d’Alene faculty as an assistant professor of elementary/middle school mathematics and technology education, in the COE’s department of curriculum and instruction.

Amador comes to Idaho from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Research on Learning and Technology.  She has taught in elementary and in university classrooms, served as an instructional coach for new teachers, trained adult volunteers to serve as tutors, and has served on district and state department of education boards, shaping district and state teaching standards and policies in Nevada.

She holds a doctoral degree in curriculum, teaching and learning, and a master’s degree in educational leadership, both from University of Nevada, Reno, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from California State University, Fresno.

Amador supports the region’s teachers and students.

“My intention is to advance the mathematical and technological expertise of future and practicing teachers in northern Idaho, so that elementary students in the area become increasingly engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines,” she said.

Sara Matthews
is the new instructor and advisor for the CALS’s department of family and consumer sciences in child, family and consumer studies at Coeur d’Alene. She also advises students pursuing child development/family relations and early childhood development and education degrees. Early childhood development and education is a blended teacher certification degree that prepares educators to work as developmental specialists, preschool teachers or teachers in grades K-3, including special education. The degree is offered in conjunction with the College of Education. 

“The impact I would like to make is to work with the early childhood community to improve the quality of care and education for young children in North Idaho, and to provide support to the professionals who work with families and children,” said Matthews.

Her  areas of research and expertise include: child and family development, feeding young children in group settings, infant/toddler care, quality childcare environments and programs, and early childhood education.  Matthews holds a master’s degree in family and consumer science and a bachelor’s degree in child, family, and consumer studies, both from the University of Idaho.