Mary Ann Jacobs

Associate Professor, Education

Professional interests:

  • STEM Education
  • Action Research in the Classroom
  • Brain Compatible Teaching Strategies for P-16 Learners
  • Technology Integration in the Classroom
  • Leadership in Education

Current projects:

  • NSF Grant Award #1439738 - Manhattan College Engineering Scholars Training and Retention (STAR) Center - Robert Noyce Scholarship Grant
  • Action Research in the Classroom: Helping Teachers Assess and Improve Their Work 
  • Engineering Education for STEM Teachers P-20


Ed.D. in Education Leadership, St. Mary's University of MN

M.S. in Education Administration, Manhattan College

B.A. in PK-8 Elementary School Teacher, Felician College

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 201      Principles and Practices of Education
  • EDUC 206      Planning and Assessing for Learning in Secondary Schools
  • EDUC 360      Language and Literacy
  • EDUC 376      Curriculum and Methods of Teaching English Grades 7-12
  • EDUC 377      Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Social Studies Grades 7-12
  • EDUC 378      Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Mathematics Grades 7-12
  • EDUC 379      Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Foreign Language Grades 7-12
  • EDUC 380      Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Science Grades 7-12
  • EDUC 403      Reading in Content Area Secondary Education
  • EDUC 418      Seminar, Observation and Student Teaching in Elementary School, Grades 1-3
  • EDUC 438      Seminar, Observation and Student Teaching in Elementary School, Grades 4-6
  • EDUC 453      Seminar, Observation and Student Teaching Grades 7-9
  • EDUC 454      Seminar, Observation and Student Teaching Grades 10-12
  • EDUG 738      Evaluating School Effectiveness
  • EDUG 745      Curriculum Development and Adaptation
  • EDUG 747      Supervision for the Improvement of Instruction
  • Research
    • On-going Action Research: with EDUC 403 students

    • 2016 Jasper Summer Research Scholars  - Project Idea: Using Engineering Hands-On Projects to Teach Middle and High School Mathematics – Faculty Advisor for Catherine Meagher, Manhattan College.

    • 2014 Jasper Summer Research Scholars – Project Title – Literacy and Resiliency: Tackling Math Word Problems at In-Tech Academy - Faculty Advisor for Emily Ude, Manhattan College

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities


    • Jacobs, M.A. & Cooper, B. S. (2016). Action Research in the Classroom: Helping Teachers Assess and Improve their Work. Latham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
    • Jacobs, M.A. (2015). By their pupils they’ll be taught: Using critical incident questionnaires as feedback. Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice 21, 11-24.
    • Ladda, S. & Jacobs, M. A. (2015). The A, B, and C’s of literacy:  Interdisciplinary is key! Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance86 (8), 5-7.  
    • Jacobs, M. A. (2015). Catholic school mentoring for mission and ministry.  In C. McCray & B. S. Cooper (Eds.), Mentoring with Meaning: How Educators Can Be More Professional and Effective (pp 49-68), Latham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
    • Jacobs, M.A., Ude, E. & Toscano, L. (2014). Math in motion: Learning math in a physically active environment. Journal of Physical Education and Sports Management 1(2), 1-8.
    • Jacobs, M. A. (2014). Independent study as action research: learning from experience. International Journal of Business and Social Science, 5(12), 65-73.
    • Jacobs, M. A. (2012). Moving from reporting grades to reporting learning: Transparency in process.  Momentum, September/October 2012, 30-33.
    • Jacobs, M.A. (2012). Deep learning takes root: A commitment to improve math instruction results in a multilayered learning community. Journal of Staff Development 33(4), 36-39.
    • Jacobs, M.A. (2009). The integration of technology in the self-contained classroom. In W. Merriman & A. Nicoletti (eds.). Using Technology in 21st Century Schools (pp. ) Washington, DC: National Catholic Educational Association.  
    •  Jacobs, M.A. (2000). Achieving the state of the art in Catholic school teaching. Momentum, Nov/Dec 2000.
    • Jacobs, M.A. (1998). Is your learning environment brain compatible? Today’s Catholic Teacher, Jan/Feb 1998.
    • Jacobs, M. A. (1997). Reading remediation through the use of brain compatible instruction - publication with ERIC/CS, Summer, 1997 ED410525.
    • Jacobs, M. A. (1995). Orchestrating learning through brain compatible instruction  - publication with Technology Committee of New York State Teacher Centers, Spring, 1995.

    Conference Proceedings

    • Shabazi, Z., Jacobs, M.A., Lehnes, A., & Mancuso, K.C. (2016, August). Designing integrated STEM education: Linking STEM teachers and learners in a K-20 Continuum. Paper presented at IDETC/CIE 2016 ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Charlotte, NC.
    • Jacobs, M.A., Lehnes, A., Mancuso, K.C. & Shabazi, Z. (2016, June). Engineering ambassadors: Bridging the gap between engineering and education undergraduates and middle and high schools students. Paper presented at the meeting of ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA.
    • Jacobs, M.A., Lehnes, A., Mancuso, K.C. & Shabazi, Z. (2016, June). Hands-on STEM lesson plans developed through engineering faculty and STEM teacher collaboration. Paper presented at the meeting of ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA.
    • Jacobs, M. A., Kushner, R. (2015). Professional learning communities or powerful learning commitment? Presenter at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Convention & Expo, Orlando, FL, April 7, 2015.
    • Jacobs, M.A., & Shabazi, Z. Best practices learned from Manhattan College engineering scholars training and retention STAR program. International Symposium on Lasallian Research. Minneapolis, MN: September 27-29, 2015.
    • Forward looking math with backward design. Presenter at National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, April 22, 2014.
  • Professional Experience and Memberships


    • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) – 2016
    • New York State Coalition for Independent and Religious Schools (NYSCIRS) Network Team Initiative - August 2012 – present
    • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) – 2012 – present
    • New York State Association for Computers & Technologies in Education (NYSCATE) – 2012-present  
    • Metropolitan Council for Educational Administration Programs (MCEAP) – 2010-present
    • Collegiate Association for Developing Educational Administrators (CADEA) – 2010 – present
    • Catholic Higher Education Supporting Catholic Schools (CHESCS) – 2010-present
    • National Catholic Educational Association 1989 – Present
    • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development - 1989 – July 2012


    • New Jersey Permanent Teaching Certificate
    • New York Permanent Teaching Certificate
    • New York School Administrator/Supervisor
    • New York School District Administrator
    • New Jersey School Supervisor
    • New Jersey School Principal/Administrator
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants

    Grants & Awards

    • NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Grant - Manhattan College Engineering Scholars Training and Retention (STAR) Center, July 2014 #1439738
    • Environmental Awareness Grant $1,000.00 – Middlesex County Freeholders - -  Fall, 2007

    • NCLB Staff Development Grant - $21,657.00 – Spring 2006
    • Provident Bank Foundation – Grant - $10,000.00 – Science Lab – Spring, 2005
    • Austin McNally Make-a-Wish Fund – in memory of a student - $6,848.00 – Summer 2006
    • Our Lady of Fatima Tuition Scholarship Fund - $10,845.00 - 2005-2007


    • Strathmore's Who's Who, 2015
    • Cambridge Who’s Who, 2010
    • Global Directory of Who’s Who, 2005
    • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Spring, 1992
    • Kappa Delta Pi, Fall, 1990