Latisha Hayes

Associate Professor of Education; Director, McGuffey Reading Center


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2004
  • M.Ed., University of Virginia, 1998
  • B.A., Radford University, 1993

Tisha Hayes has taught students with reading disabilities in the primary through middle grades as a special educator and reading specialist. Now an associate professor at the University of Virginia, she teaches courses on the diagnosis of and intervention for reading difficulties as well as English/Language Arts methods for elementary educators. She works with pre-service and in-service teachers at the McGuffey Reading Center, where students across the grades receive diagnostic and intervention services. Tisha’s interests have focused on the support of readers who struggle through university-based programs and partnerships. Her work has been published in Reading Research Quarterly, Literacy Research and Instruction, Communication Disorders Quarterly, Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy and the Handbook of Reading Disability Research; she is co-author of Words Their Way with Struggling Readers, Grades 4-12, Vocabulary Their Way (2nd edition) and Developing Word Recognition.