I advise and teach master's level students taking graduate reading education courses off-grounds in the Tidewater region of Virginia. My current job includes teaching graduate reading education courses, e.g., Word Study, Foundations of Reading, and clinical courses in the diagnosis & remediation of reading difficulties. I also coordinate noncredit literacy-related professional development with school districts statewide. As part of this work, I developed a four-day Academy for Teachers of Struggling Readers, along with various trainings and workshops related to early reading instruction. I also coordinate and conduct audits for schools and districts seeking information about the relative strengths and weak areas of their literacy programs.
Prior to working at the university, I was a special educator working with students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders for 7 years and worked for five years as a Book Buddies Coordinator in Charlottesville City Schools.
My research interests center on early reading intervention in literacy learning and examining the impact of Response to Intervention frameworks on student achievement.