As an associate professor of special education and literacy at Washington State University Vancouver, I teach courses applicable to K-12 educators in the Special Education Endorsement and PhD in Special Education Programs. My areas of research interest include: skills/strategies for struggling readers and writers, and response to intervention (an intervention/assessment process for classifying students with a learning disability).
I have taught in Toronto (Ontario) area elementary/middle schools for 11 years. Many of the students that I taught had learning disabilities (reading, writing, and/or math), but some children, to name a few examples, had intellectual disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders (e.g., autism, Asperger’s), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and multiple disabilities. I am a member of a number of professional organizations related to special education and literacy research as well as instructional methods.
I have been the recipient of three awards in recent years. The Organization of Teacher Educators in Reading (OTER, a group within the International Literacy Association) chose my 2011 published manuscript in their Journal of Reading Education as the 2011-2012 Outstanding Article Award. The article was about teachers’ suggested best practices for writing-skills instruction. To do this project, I had received a 2009-2010 College of Education Faculty Funding Award to observe and interview teachers, including those who focus on struggling writers, in New York City, Washington, DC, as well as the southwest Washington State area. In 2012, the College of Education awarded me the Judy Nichols Mitchell Research Fellow Award, which provided $10,000 for my research in each academic year across 2012-2015. In 2010, the Department of Teaching and Learning, of which I am a faculty member, awarded me the External Funding Award for the grants that I have received for research and teaching materials (e.g., test kits and software used in schools).