Photo of Marcela de Souza, Ph.D., and Celeste Trimble, Ph.D.
August 30, 2017

Saint Martin's announces the new faculty members for the College of Education and Counseling Psychology.

LACEY, Wash. — Saint Martin’s University's College of Education and Counseling Psychology (CECP) will add Marcela de Souza, Ph.D., and Celeste Trimble, Ph.D., as assistant professors of education to its faculty this fall.

Kate Boyle, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education and Counseling Psychology and Saint Martin’s University - JBLM, spoke about how de Souza and Trimble will enrich the CECP faculty through their perspectives and experiences.

“We are so excited to have Dr. de Souza’s strong commitment to preparing our students,” Boyle said. “She will bring insights about the value of English Language Learners (ELL). de Souza’s strong research and professional experiences with ELL students in all levels of education and across borders (particularly Mexican educational practices) will bring a new and valuable style and approach. She fits well with the Benedictine tradition at Saint Martin's University. Her understandings and perspectives of education will add much to our faculty’s ability to meet students’ needs.

“Dr. Trimble’s professional experiences and personal commitment to the fine arts in educational practice lends to her providing strong leadership to our students within the liberal arts educational practice at the heart of Benedictine higher education,” Boyle said. “Trimble’s commitment and pursuit of understanding of indigenous culture will bring a needed focus on opportunities for Saint Martin's University CECP faculty and students. Of particular appreciation, is the potential to make connections with the state of Washington’s efforts surrounding the Since Time Immemorial curriculum and our South Sound indigenous populations.”

de Souza earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with her dissertation Succeeding in School: Exploring How Academic Achievement Is Possible for Mexican-origin English Learners. de Souza most recently served as an adjunct professor at San Jose State University; as a lecturer online with Concordia University of Chicago; and as a lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She also taught at National Hispanic University, in San Jose, California; California State University, Fullerton;  Santa Barbara City College and El Sausal Middle School, in Salinas. de Souza received a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis on cultural perspectives of education, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction, from Chapman University, in Orange, California. de Souza earned her bachelor’s degree in English and education from the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, in Argentina. Her research interests include the literacy development of English language learners; culturally-responsive pedagogies in diverse classrooms; increasing opportunities for under-represented students in higher education and teacher effectiveness.

Trimble earned her Ph.D. in language, reading, and culture from the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona, with her dissertation Entering into Particulars: Re-conceptualizing Adolescence through Young Adult Literature and Critical Narrative Pedagogy. Trimble most recently served as a ninth and 10th grade English teacher and the PBS student reporting lab coordinator at Baboquivari Secondary School in Topawa, Arizona. She also taught at CAPE School, Pima County Juvenile Detention Facility, in Tucson, Arizona; Pima Community College, in Tucson, Arizona; and the University of Arizona. Trimble received a master of fine arts degree in photography from the University of Arizona. She holds a master’s degree in book arts from Camberwell College of Art at The London Institute, in London, U.K. She received her bachelor’s degree in the book: its history, culture, and creative form, from Mills College, in Oakland, California. Her research interests include four major areas: English education, literacy practices of youth, literacy and the arts and children’s and adolescent literature.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

For additional information:

Kate Boyle, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education and Counseling Psychology and
Saint Martin’s University - JBLM

Carly Dwyer
Executive Assistant to the Dean
College of Education and Counseling Psychology

Kevin Hyde
Media Relations Manager