2010 - Current: Literacy Instructional Coach for East Middle School in the Hazelwood School District 2005 - 2010: Reading Specialist for Jamestown Elementary School in the Hazelwood School District 2000 - 2005: 3rd Grade Teacher for Saint Angela Merici 1999 - 2000: 2nd & 3rd Grade Teacher for St. Aloysius Elementary School
Literacy, Building Background Knowledgem, Integration of Technology with Reading, Effective Instruction for Struggling Readers, History of Curriculum in Higher Education Dissertation: The Effects of Direct Vocabulary Instruction on Low-Achieving First Grade Readers. This study looked at the educational effects on at-risk first graders who receive direct vocabulary instruction in a small intervention group. The process of teaching new terms, for all students, was broken into five steps; the first 3 steps focused on introducing new words and the final two steps suggest ways to review the words.
Review of Barbara Taylor & James Ysseldyke, Effective Instruction for Struggling Readers, K-6. (New York: Teachers College Press) in Educational Review (2008).
Review of Wendie Bramwell & Brooke Graham, The Power of Repeated Reading in Small Group Instruction (New York: Scholastic) in Educational Review (2008).
Review of Phyllis Kaplan et al., Differentiated Instruction Made Easy (California: Jossey-Bass) (2009).
Review of Debra Wellman, Lynn Columba, Cathy Y. Kim, & Alden J. Moe, The Power of Children's Literature in Teaching Literacy in the Content Areas (Arizona, Holcomb Hathaway) (2010).