Wendy Thowdis, M.A.
Lecturer, Social Science Teacher Preparation, San Jose State University History Department
Social Science Coordinator, Credential Program, San Jose State University Department of Teacher Education
Wendy Thowdis is Program Manager for the Center for Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child. She has been a University Supervisor for the Secondary Education Department and teaches United States History to K-12 undergraduate teacher preparation majors at San José State University. She comes to us from New York State as a retired high school Social Studies teacher who has been working as an Education Consultant since 2006. She created and coordinated a highly innovative “School Within a School,” bringing an interdisciplinary team approach to high school education with a career/workforce skills model to address the needs of students who were “falling through the cracks.” She became a diversity trainer and coordinated Race Dialogue Circles with students from inner city and suburban schools. She has also worked as a Master Teacher/Education Coordinator for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.