Kaitlin Popielarz

Kaitlin  Popielarz
PhD Candidate, Clinical Instructional Coach, & Course Instructor

Office Hours: By appointment.

  • M.A., Teaching & Curriculum, Michigan State University, 2014
  • B.A., History & English as a Second Language, 2010
  • Professional Education Certificate: History, Social Studies Rx, and English as a Second Language (6-12)


Kaitlin Popielarz is a course instructor, clinical instructional coach, and PhD Candidate in Wayne State University's College of Education. Kaitlin is a former secondary and adult education social studies teacher, which is where she developed her passion for empowering learning communities. 


  • PhD Candidate, K-12 Curriculum & Instruction
  • Clinical Instructional Coach, Office of Clinical Experiences
  • Course Instructor, Teacher Education Division 

Research Interests

Kaitlin's research and teaching interests include connecting teacher preparation to the local community in order to provide future educators the opportunity to learn community-based and culturally sustaining pedagogy for education rooted in social justice.

Courses Taught

  • TED 5650: Analysis of Secondary Teaching 
  • ELE 6600: Elementary Social Studies
  • TED 2250: Becoming an Urban Educator 

Community Engagement Activities

  • We The People of Detroit Community Research Collective 
  • MIStudentsDream
  • Wayne State University's Commission on the Status of Women