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Dr. Mandy K. Bean
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate Professor
Elementary Education PK-6

Contact Information

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Phone: (703) 993-5253
Fax: (703) 993-2013
Email: abean5 (

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 1406
4400 University Dr.
MS 4B4
Fairfax, VA 22030


A former elementary school teacher for 14 years in Virginia and North Carolina, I am currently an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University. My main focus is preparing students to become Elementary Education teachers. I teach courses on K-6 Social Studies methods, Fine Arts integration, Child Development, Foundations of Education, and Curriculum and Management, among many others. I am also Senior Co-Editor of School-University Partnerships (SUP), a research journal of the National Association for Professional Development.

Research Interests

Elementary Curriculum and Methods

Social Studies Education

Project Based Learning

Arts Integration

Professional Development Schools

Recent Publications

Parker, A. K., Parsons, S., Groth, L., Bean, A., Slattery, C. (2020). George Mason University’s Elementary Education PDS Program: Structures for shared governance, reflection and collaborationIn E. Garin and R. Burns (Eds.) The NAPDS Nine Essentials in Action: Cases of Professional Development Schools. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Glazier, J., & Bean, A. (2018). The promise of experiential education in teacher education: transforming teacher beliefs and practices. Teaching Education, 1-17.