Ann Bullock is dean and professor in the School of Education at Elon University. Prior to her appointment at Elon in June, 2016, she had a long-standing career at East Carolina University where she was a Professor, Department Chairperson and Director of the MAT, Middle Grades and Alternative Licensure programs. At East Carolina, she was a leader on a Teacher Quality Grant that redesigned the outcomes of ECU’s teacher education programs through assessment-based innovations and on the implementation of the edTPA performance-based assessment for teacher candidates, both recognized nationally as innovative projects. She has presented and published extensively on these topics. Bullock has a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University, a master’s degree from New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to entering the university setting, she taught students in grades K-12 in four states, mainly working with English Language Learners in Texas and California. Bullock and her husband, Scott, have two children, Garrett Bullock, D.P.T., and Elyse Bullock, B.S.N., R.N.

Why did you decide to join Deans for Impact?

The ability to network and brainstorm with leaders who share my commitment to improving educator preparation is the main reason I joined this organization. The collective positive energy provides an outstanding environment to think about common goals and outcomes related to the policies and practice for the preparation of educators.

What is one pivotal moment in your career in educator preparation that left a positive impact on you or others?

One was my work as a classroom teacher on the Mexico border early in my career. The exposure to a bilingual population who valued education and wanted a relationship with their teacher was such a growing experience for me. A second such experience was my work in creating alternative pathways for teachers in my prior position at East Carolina University. Building creative programs for working professionals provided teachers for many children in hard to staff schools in rural North Carolina.

When did you first know you wanted to work in education? What was your first job?

In my family, there is a story about me when I was in first grade. My aunt asked me what type of job I wanted when I grew up, and I told her I wanted to be a teacher. She asked me what I wanted to teach. I responded, first grade—it’s the only thing I know. My first job was teaching fifth graders in the school where my father began his career as a teacher.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter