Dr. John Almarode is a Department Head and Assistant Professor in the College of Education at James Madison University. As a teacher, he has worked with all age groups in education, from pre-kindergarteners to graduate students. John began his career teaching secondary mathematics and science to a wide-range of students. John has presented locally, nationally, and internationally in countries as far away as Canada, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Korea, and Thailand. He has worked with thousands of teachers, dozens of school districts, and multiple professional organizations. John has conducted staff development workshops, keynote addresses, and conference presentations on how the brain works and what schools and classrooms can do to better align with how the brain works. He has authored multiple articles, reports, book chapters, and two books including “Captivate, Activate, and Invigorate the Student Brain in Science and Math, Grades 6 – 12” (Corwin Press, 2013) and a children’s book (Author House, 2010) to help inform young children and their parents about the amazing brain.
At James Madison University, He works with pre-service teachers, getting them ready to enter their own classrooms. He actively pursues his research interests including educational neuroscience, the design and measurement of classroom environments that promote student engagement, interest and engagement in STEM disciplines, specialized STEM high schools, interventions for low socioeconomic populations, college and university laboratory schools, and the translation of American education pedagogy in international schools. The work of John and his colleagues has been presented to the United State Congress, the Governor of Virginia, various Cabinet Members, the Virginia Senate, the United States Department of Education, and even the Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House.
John holds a Doctoral Degree in Science Education from the University of Virginia, a Master’s Degree in Teaching with an emphasis in Gifted and Special Education, and a Bachelor’s Degree, with Honors, in Physics and Mathematics.