About me

Dr. Felicia Darling

Dr. Felicia Darling

… Redressing systemic inequity one classroom at a time


Dr. Felicia Darling is a math and college skills instructor, teacher educator, and author who focuses on improving access to post-secondary education for all students.

Her asset-based instructional model focuses on illuminating assets of students who are underrepresented in four-year degrees—especially socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation-college, and linguistic and ethnic/racial minority students. Her model of professional development inspires educators to draw from their own expertise and research to improvise and innovate as they refine their instruction using an evidence-based cycle of instruction improvement.

Felicia is a first-generation college student who has taught math and education courses for 30 years at both the secondary and college levels. She possesses a Ph.D. in Math Education from Stanford University and is a Fulbright Scholar. She holds a Bachelors in Mathematics, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, a California Single-Subject Math Credential, and a California Teacher of English Learners Certificate.

Felicia advocates asset-based instruction in her book, Teachin’ It! This book illustrates ed psych theory, strategies, and research using comics, student narratives, and classroom examples. The goal is to inspire instructors to foster engaging, interactive learning environments in which students from all backgrounds feel safe to take risks, make mistakes, share their unique approaches to learning, and develop identities as competent life-long learners. She draws from her own research as well as phenomenal researchers including Boaler, Dweck, Lotan and Cohen, Steele, Zwiers and O’Hara, and Hakuta.

Currently, Dr. Felicia Darling is loving her position as a Mathematics Instructor in the College Skills Department at the Santa Rosa Junior College.