Corcoran, Gertrude B. (1922-2012)

Corcoran, Gertrude B. (1922-2012)

Date Updated



Elementary Education

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Stanford University, 1960 ECLD.

Post‑doctorate work: Linguistics 60 units, SJSU,

Stanford, UC Berkeley

San Jose State University, 1952 MA

San Jose State College, 1950 BA

Colorado Women's College, 1941 AA

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, Professor, 1965-1992

San Jose State University, Assoc. Prof., 1960-1965

San Jose State University, Asst. Prof., 1955-1960

San Jose Unified School District, 1950-1955

Administrative and Professional Experience

Student Teaching Supervision, 1956‑1991.

Chairperson, Elementary Ed., 1981‑1984; Early Retirement, Teaching Fall Semester.

Model B. H. Wragge‑Robinson's Dept. Store, Los Angeles, 1943‑1945.

Pacific Tel‑Tel, San Jose, 1945‑1948.

Selected Publications

Bulletin for the Association of Student Teaching, 2 articles, 1960, 1962.

Journal of Religious Education, 1 article, 1961.

Santa Clara County Office of Education, Teacher's Supplement, Teaching the Roberts English Series, Grades 1‑6, 1969.

Ronald Press, Language Arts in the Elementary School: A Modem Linguistic Approach, 1970.

F. E. Peacock Publishers, Inc., Language Experience for Nursery and Kindergarten Children, 1975.

Wadsworth Publishing Co., Reading Principles and Practices for Elementary School Teachers, co‑authored with Betty Grand, Resource Teacher, Early Childhood Education, San Jose Unified School District, 1977.

Identifying Instructional Strategies and Materials that Demonstrate Successful School Achievement for Second Language Learners, California Right to Read League, State Department of Education, 1977‑81.


ESL at Almaden School, an Overview, 1981;

ESL Teaching Techniques,1981.

Personal Commentary

San Jose State University provided for me an environment in which I could share my love of and devotion to teaching with dedicated and stimulating students.

This rich and satisfying life experience was augmented with challenges and stimulating ideas resulting from contacts with colleagues for whom I developed deep admiration and respect as we worked together to improve curriculum and solve procedural and administrative problems.

EFA contacts now ignite memories, spark ideas, and provide opportunity for rewarding professional and social contacts.

Thanks SJSU!

Date Completed: 9/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Corcoran, Gertrude B. (1922-2012)