I have experience working with adolescents across grades 6-12. For the last 15 years I have worked in higher education and am currently an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. My areas of expertise are with developing the reading and writing abilities of adolescents - particularly those who struggle. I consider how we can incorporate technology into the classroom in ways that help meet their needs.
I like think of my classes as an experience. I work to create experiences that will push and challenge my students but also empower them. I provide structure, but I also provide a fair amount of choice for my students within that structure. As such, they have a lot of power in shaping the direction of the class.
I3@UNC Fellow (2014) Edward B. Fry Book Award, Empowering Struggling Readers: Practices for the Middle Grades, Literacy Research Association (2012) Faculty Engaged Scholar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2012-2014) Early Career Achievement Award 2010 Awarded by the Literacy Research Association (formerly National Reading Conference) Outstanding Research Session Award, Area 3 Literacy Research Association (2009) Outstanding Dissertation Award Awarded by the International Reading Association (2006)
Michigan State University, Ph.D. 2005 Department of Teacher Education Specialization in Literacy Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, M.ED. 1997 Elementary Education The University of South Florida B.S. 1996 Elementary Education
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