Anastasia Samaras is Professor of Education in the
Graduate School of Education, College of Education and Human
Development at George Mason University, Virginia. Anastasia has
presented and published widely nationally and abroad. She served as
co-editor of the proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on
Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices and has authored and edited numerous books including the first textbook on
Her teaching career began in 1972 as a
Social Studies teacher in a newly integrated junior high school.
Anastasia’s life-long passion for teaching also includes three decades
of teaching in high schools, preschools, colleges, and universities.
She currently holds advanced professional certificates in Social
Studies, U.S. History, Early Childhood Education, and Elementary-Middle
Her experiences as teacher and parent of
three children shaped her advanced studies at the University of
Maryland where she earned a Masters from the Institute of Child Study
and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with specializations in Early
Childhood and Teacher Education. Her former role as director of teacher
education at The Catholic University of America was the context of her
10-year Vygotskian-based teaching and research and her book, Self-Study
for Teacher Educators: Crafting a Pedagogy for Educational Change
(2002), Peter Lang. Anastasia's interest in the self-study of teaching
and teacher education practices towards professional development,
including her own, continue to center much of her research.
Her research in socio-cultural practices
has led her to fascinating experiences in interdisciplinary teaching as
well as appointments with federal agencies, the US Department of State,
Head Start, and numerous universities.