Mara Simon

Doctor of Education, Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY, 2018

Masters of Education, Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY, 2015

Masters of Science, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, 2007 Bachelor of Arts, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY 2005


I am a teacher-educator and scholar deeply committed to social justice issues. I utilize constructivist and critical pedagogies within my classes in order to raise students' critical consciousness on existing social inequity and my research focuses on the intersectionality of "others" within PE contexts, such as ethnic minority identities within predominantly white spaces.

Twitter: @Dr_Mara_Simon

Research Interests

Racial inequity in education
Transformative and critical pedagogies
Experiences of ethnic minority PE teachers 
Critical Race Theory
Qualitative and visual methods

Courses Taught

PHED 658: Sport in Society
RSCH 625: Independent Study Proposal Design
PHED 236/237: Elementary Methods and Pre-Practice in Physical Education


Simon, M., & Azzarito, L. (2019, April). "Confident in my Skin": Ethnic Minority Female PE Teachers' Transformational Resistance for Social Change. Paper presented at AERA international meeting, Toronto, CA.

Simon, M., (2018, October). The PETE Experiences of Ethnic Minority Female PE Teachers. Presentation at SHAPE PETE/HETE national conference, Salt Lake City, UT.


Simon, M., & Azzarito, L. (in press). "Putting blinders on": Ethnic minority female PE teachers' emotional struggle in negotiating their racialized identity in predominantly white school contexts. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.

Simon, M. & Lynch. S. (2018). All kinds of strong: Disrupting dominant discourses of fitness within elementary school physical education. In J. Walton-Fisette, S. Sutherland, & J. Hill (Eds.) Teaching about social justice issues in physical education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Simon, M. (2018). "Playing the game" and "Finding my way": Ethnic minority female PE teachers' counter-stories. In S. Dagkas, L. Azzarito, & K. Hylton (Eds.) 'Race,' youth sport, physical activity, and health: Global perspectives. London, UK: Routledge.