Darrell Blanks

Assistant Professor of Education
Bartsch Hall, Room 102
559-453-3679
darell.blanks@fresno.edu

Education

M.A., Math Education, Fresno Pacific University
M.S., Educational Administration, National University
B.A., Spanish, California State University, Fresno

Share why you teach at FPU

I love being a teacher. I do not use that word lightly. I also love the gospel. During missionary work in Argentina, I felt the calling to be a teacher and now I have the opportunity to help others in their calling to be a teacher. FPU has both the opportunity to serve future teachers and to place that instruction in the context of my faith.

Scholarly Interests

My primary scholarly interests are in the area of math education. I am interested in how teachers can provide experiences for students that help them to develop a deep, conceptual based understanding of math. I am also interested in how teachers who do not currently have conceptual understanding can be supported in developing that understanding.

Professional and Service Experience

  • Elementary Math Teacher Carver Elementary, Fresno Unified School District, 2011-present
  • Adjunct Instructor, Mathematics, Fresno Pacific University, 2008-present
  • District Instructional Coach, Bullard TALENT/ Phoenix Academy, Fresno Unified School District, 2009-2011
  • Middle School Teacher, Mathematics, Scandinivian Middle School, Fresno Unified School District, 2006-2009
  • Elementary Teacher, Greenberg Elementary School, Fresno Unified School District, 2000-2006
  • Lead Teacher, Edison-Bethune Academy, Fresno Unified School District, 1999-2000
  • Principal. Bethune Elementary School, Fresno Unified School District, 1997-1999
  • Vice Principal, Wilson Elementary School, Fresno Unified School District, 1994-1997
  • Elementary Teacher, Susan B. Anthony Elementary School, Fresno Unified School District, 1994
  • Elementary Teacher, Lane Elementary School, Fresno Unified School District, 1993-1994
  • Acting Vice Principal, Powers/Ginsburg Elementary School, Fresno Unified School District, 1992-1993
  • Guidance Instructional Specialist,  Lane Elementary School, Fresno Unified School District, 1991-1993
  • Elementary Teacher, Burroughs Elementary School, Fresno Unified School District, 1990-1991
  • Elementary Teacher, Monroe Elementary School, Madera Unified School District, 1987-1990
  • Teacher, instructional coach, administrator is Fresno Unified school district over the course of 26 years in all grades through 8th grade. Settings include bilingual dual immersion, self-contained elementary and departmentalized math.

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Education Recipient, 2001
  • Excellence in Teaching Recipient February 2001