Faculty Biographical Sketches
Dr. Bonnie Lee Rabe, Department of Education & Educational Psychology
Dr. Bonnie Lee Rabe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education and Educational Psychology. Dr. Rabe is the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Coordinator for the WCSU Educational Unit and also coordinates the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program.
With more than 26 years of educational experience ranging from pre-K through doctorate-level education, Dr. Rabe has served urban, suburban, and rural districts. Teaching science at the middle level for 16 years, she extended her expertise to include enrichment and gifted programs. In her 10 years as an educational administrator, Dr. Rabe held various positions in 4 different Connecticut districts including Assistant Principal, Principal, and Director of Program Development; and served as an Adjunct Professor at Quinnipiac University and Central Connecticut State University. Contributing to the start-up of three Connecticut interdistrict magnet schools, Dr. Rabe locally served as Project Coordinator of Operations and Programs for the Western Connecticut Academy of International Studies Elementary Magnet School, an interdistrict magnet school located at the edge of our West Campus.
During her tenure in public schools, Dr. Rabe was honored as the Meriden Teacher of the Year, recognized by her colleagues with the Staff Recognition Award, elected as a Fellow of the Connecticut Academy for Education, and awarded the Exemplary Teaching at the Middle School Level Award by the Connecticut Science Teachers Association. Dr. Rabe is also a Past State President of the Connecticut Federation of Business and Professional Women, an organization that also honored her as Woman of the Year.
Holding a B.S. in Education, a M.S. in Environmental Education, and a 6th Year Diploma in Science Education from Southern Connecticut State University, Dr. Rabe continued her training in the area of Educational Leadership. At the University of Connecticut, Dr. Rabe completed programs leading to the Connecticut Intermediate Supervisor and Administrator and Superintendent of Schools endorsements, and earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration.
Dr. Rabe has presented her research at several international conferences. Her research interests include educational leadership, career changers, teacher retention, peace education, science education, and curriculum development. She is currently collaborating to develop an instrument that will be used to explore thinking skills and confidence in practice.