As a mother, classroom teacher, and professor of reading education and teacher preparation adjunct at University of North Florida and former associate professor of reading education at Jacksonville University, I strive to make differences in all children’s reading experiences. My primary focus supports at-risk K-3rd grade children’s reading development through parent and teacher partnerships, consultations, coaching, and one-to-one and small group reading interventions.
At JU, I taught all courses leading to a State of Florida reading endorsement, managed the School of Education Reading Center where we offered reading tutoring services to local area K-5 students, and created and directed the Master of Education in Reading Education online degree program. My current research investigates beginning reader’s literacy development, vocabulary acquisition, and uses of digital technologies to enhance reading experiences. My work has been published in the Reading Teacher, Kappa Delta Pi Record, Journal of Reading Education, Advanced Literacy Practices: From the Clinic to the Classroom, Yearbook of the Literacy Research Association, Advanced Literacy Practices: From the Clinic to the Classroom, The New Literacies: Multiple Perspectives on Research and Practice, Reflective Theories in Teacher Education Practice, and others.