Ida Pappas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2021


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About Ida

Ida Pappas is currently an assistant professor of Teacher Education in the College of Arts and Sciences - School of Education at Johnson & Wales University. Previously, Dr. Pappas was a Visiting Lecturer at Fitchburg State University, and a Program Director for Lesley University’s WonderLab. In this position, she mentored and supervised college students as they wrote interdisciplinary curriculum utilizing urban greenspaces, in order to teach students from Cambridge and Somerville Public Schools. She has continued her connection with Lesley as an Education Consultant, working with Cambridge and Acton Public Schools, as well as Cambridge Youth Centers helping teachers to design curriculum in areas of STEAM, Climate Change, and outdoor/garden education. Prior to these university positions, Dr. Pappas worked for 25 years in K-12 schools as a District Coordinator and teacher.

Ida received her Masters degree at Boston University, and a PhD in Education from Lesley University in the Individually Designed Program. Her specific area of expertise is in interdisciplinary, project-based curriculum design and how it opens opportunities for social justice in schools and personal transformation in students.

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Pappas resides in Hopkinton, MA where she has a six-acre homestead, complete with vegetable gardens, orchards, river access, and complete music and stained-glass studios that keep her busy when she is not teaching.