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Wanda G Lastrapes

Faculty Administrator/Dir JTR

Education & Human Services Administration | College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

Multicultural Education; Cultural Competence for Educators; Urban Education; Novice Teacher Mentoring & Support; School Partnership Development


Doctorate of Philosophy 2004
   Urban Services/Academic Leadership Concentration
   Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Masters of Education 1984
   Secondary Education; Speech Communication, Minor
   University of Louisiana – Lafayette

Bachelor of Arts 1979
   Speech Education; Library Science, Minor
   University of Louisiana – Lafayette



Dr. Lastrapes has taught as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Foundations & Secondary Education (FSE) at the University of North Florida since fall 2007. She also serves as program area leader of the foundations prerequisite and core courses and is FSE’s faculty-in-residence at Sandalwood High School. Her teaching and administrative experiences include the public school, university, and community college settings. From 1998 to 2000, she served as the director of the Office of Teacher Education Services at Old Dominion University where she directed educational field placements, teacher education advising services and the teacher licensure process. More recently, Dr. Lastrapes was program coordinator of urban secondary education initiatives with the University of Florida Alliance from 2001-2006. She worked with six high schools in Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville, FL. Her teaching and research interests include cultural sensitivity and perspectives of pre-service and in-service teachers, multicultural curricula initiatives in secondary urban schools, and mentoring and retention of urban teachers. She currently serves as a past president of the Florida Association of Teacher Educators, treasurer of the Multicultural Education Special Interest Group of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) and is a member of ATE’s Research Committee.



• Special Alumni Award, 2005, College of Education, University of Louisiana, Lafayette.


DCPS Teaching Academy Advisory Board, Baldwin Middle/High School, Member, 2011-13.

Mandarin High School, DCPS, School Advisory Committee (SAC), Member, 2011-12.

• Association of Teacher Educators, 1997 – present
o Treasurer, Multicultural Education Special Interest Group, 2010-13
o Research and Scholarship Committee, Reappointed, 2010-13

• Florida Association of Teacher Educators, 2003 – present
o Past President, 2011-12
o Annual Conference Planning Committee, 2011-12
o CROWN Region Committee Member, 2010-12


Grants and Contracts Awarded


• Principal Investigator, FSE/Sandalwood Engaged Department Grant, UNF Center for Community-based Learning, $12,000, Spring 2011.

UNF Faculty Research Grant, Preservice Teachers’ Cultural Sensitivity and Self-Efficacy in Teaching Diverse Populations, Summer, 2009.

• Principal Investigator, Transformational Learning Opportunity Grant, $15,000, Immersive Field Experience: Miami’s Haitian and Hispanic schools and communities, Teacher Candidates, May 2010.

• Selected member of UNF CBTL Course Designation Pilot Project, 2010

• Principal Investigator, Urban Teacher Induction & Retention Network Project, BellSouth Teaching Quality Initiative grant, 2004-07, University of Florida Alliance, $90,000.

Publications & Presentations


Lastrapes, W. & Negishi, M. (2011). Foundational field experiences: A window into
     preservice teachers’ cultural consciousness and self-efficacy for teaching diverse
     learners. SRATE Journal, 21(1), 37-43.

Patterson, K. B., Tanase, M., Lastrapes, W. & Negishi, M. (2011). Navigating internship in
     inclusive settings: Promising practices. Journal of Multiculturalism in Education,
     7(3), 1-20.


• Fullerton, E. & Lastrapes, W. (2012). “Teacher Preparation in Urban Settings.” Presented at the Great Teachers             for Our City Schools National Summit, April 12, 2012, Denver, CO.

• Lastrapes, W. (2012). “Preservice Teachers’ Understandings of Haitian & Hispanic Ethnic Students through a Cultural Immersion Field Trip.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, February 14, 2012, San Antonio, TX.

• Lastrapes, W. & Osborn, M. (2011). “Successful AVID Tutorials: Engaging Preservice Teachers in Service Learning during an Initial Field Requirement.” Presented at the AVID National Conference, December 9, 2011, Orlando, FL.

• Lastrapes, W. & Negishi, M. (2011). “Exploring the Cultural Consciousness of Preservice Teachers Through Autobiographical Journaling During an Initial Field Experience.” Presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, April 9, 2011, New Orleans, LA.

Negishi, M. & Lastrapes, W. (2011). “The Effects of Early Field Experience on Pre-service Teachers’ Self-Efficacy Beliefs.” Presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, April 10, 2011.

• Lastrapes, W. & Negishi, M. (2010). “Building a Foundation for Cultural Competence and Self-Efficacy in Teaching Diverse Learners.” Presented at the Florida Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, October 8 - 9, 2010, St. Petersburg, FL.

• Lastrapes, W. (2010). “Accepting the Challenge: Acknowledging and Affirming the Value and Strengths in Diversity.” Paper presented at the Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, February 14-17, 2010, Chicago.

• Lastrapes, W. & Negishi, M. (2010). “Using a Journal Blog in Initial Field Experiences: Linking Theory with Reality.” Presented at the Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, February 14-17, 2010, Chicago.

Contact Information

Building 57, Room 1076

(904) 620-1621