Trish has been a life-long social activist, which has included flying medical mission trips deep into the heart of Mexico (El Fuerte, Ocarone, and Alamos, among other villages). She designed and implemented after-school programs for at-risk learners, organizing and training a cadre of 66 tutors who served over 330 students in East Multnomah County. These programs, administered through the Student Literacy Corp at Mt. Hood Community College, earned national recognition and became the subject of the Education Policy Institute, Inc. research initiative on outstanding student literacy models. Trish also volunteered as a triage specialist and coordinator of Clinica para Cuidad de la Familia, which provided basic medical care through the Farmworkers™ Health Access Project. She also worked with a local team of doctors at Northwest Medical Teams, which visited migrant camps throughout East Multnomah County.
Trish served as a high school math and Spanish teacher, high school administrator, adjunct faculty at Mt. Hood Community College for 10 years and has served Concordia University since 2002. Her interests include dynamic, multimedia online pedagogy, neuropsychosocial studies, allopathic and emergency medicine, naturopathic medicine, transformative education, game-based education theory and classroom-based teaching.
Trish invites education students to explore and immediately implement a variety of multimodal, multipathway learning strategies, completing the learning cycle in their own classrooms through reflective, metrics-based processing. She facilitates an intentionally inviting learning environment (Purkey, et al., 1992) both online and face to face, where students research and participate in activities centered on transformative education. As Vice President of Educational Delivery Systems/Concordia University Online, Trish focuses on the implementation of transformative education theory to a growing, nationwide online program for educators. These educators experience transformation of their own understanding and practices which enhance the teacher-student learning experience and improve student outcomes. Trish's greatest joy comes from her family: husband, Dave Shields, a retired college educator, sons Andrew and Gabe, and daughter Maria. Most notably, she describes being "Aana" or "Grandma" to her grandchildren as one of her most fulfilling parts of the day. Her leisure activities include camping in Alaska with her family, skiing, gardening, scuba diving and reading.