It is with great sadness to announce the tragic death of Stacy Dunnicliff, student teaching coach for the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. Dunnicliff died at the age of 73 on Monday, December 7.
Dunnicliff worked as a university coach to Fresno State teaching credential students since 2011.
“Stacy’s enthusiastic spirit and expertise in secondary education will be sorely missed. Stacy served as a student teaching supervisor for future middle and high school teachers. Her students praised her dedication, hard work, wide-ranging experience, and passion for supporting them on their career path. Some described her as the best teacher they had ever had,” said Dr. Carol Fry Bohlin, professor and chair in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. “Stacy’s colleagues often use words like vibrant, vivacious, fun-loving, dependable, hard-working, and ‘full of vim and vigor’ to describe her. Stacy’s impact on future teachers was significant, and these students are part of her vitally important legacy!”
A student of Dunnicliff, Manvir Cheema, described her as an amazing coach who truly cares for all her students and that she has helped her tremendously in her journey to become a teacher.
Dunnicliff not only taught Fresno State students but was a student herself. She earned an M.A. in Administration and a B.S. in Biology from Fresno State. Her vast career impacted education in the Central Valley in many facets. She served as a science educator, a district science resource teacher, and an administrator for Visalia and Clovis Unified School Districts. In addition to teaching courses in general science, biology, zoology, and anatomy/physiology, Dunnicliff presented science lessons for staff professional development and at conferences. She also co-authored science curriculum that was used in Clovis USD for over ten years.
Her work did not go unnoticed. She was awarded the Clovis USD Teacher of the Year award in 1985.
Her expertise and experience made her an ideal university coach at Fresno State, supporting students in their teaching placements across the Central Valley.
“Stacy was so full of life and passion for education. She worked tirelessly as a university coach, a former placement liaison, and last spring created a majority of the virtual models for our students when we all went into the first lockdown. She was the first to volunteer, and above all was deeply committed to her students,” said Dr. Imelda Basurto, professor and chair in the department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education.
Many faculty at Fresno State were impacted by Dunnicliff’s commitment to her students and quality education.
“I had the pleasure of working with Stacy for many years,” said Janine Blake-Quisenberry, former Fresno State field placements professional. “She always wanted to make sure she had enough time to mentor each individual student and get them to where they needed to be in their teaching skills. She would meet with students every week and discuss lesson planning, science, and how to complete the requirements of the course. Her expectations were high and the students responded and became skilled teachers. I was always amazed when I read over the student-teacher evaluations at the end of the semester. The students consistently gave her top ratings in every category but it was the heartful comments of how much she helped them become good teachers that were the most impressive.”
To celebrate Dunnicliff’s life as an educator and her impact on the valley, Fresno State’s Curriculum and Instruction department will be honoring her with a brick on the Fresno State Teachers and Friends of Education Honor Wall. Her name will live permanently on a wall commemorating educators across the globe.