Professional interests include: 

Designing rich clinical experiences to enhance teacher candidates’ pedagogical
understandings of literacy instruction in providing authentic opportunities for them to
explore multiple approaches for teaching ethnically, culturally, and linguistically
diverse learners. 

Influencing aspiring reading consultants to collaborate with colleagues in developing a
systemic framework that includes best practices in curriculum, instruction, assessment as
integrative components for advancing the reading and writing achievement of all students. 

Developing innovative evidence-based practices aligning with the Common Core State
Standards to share with colleagues and preservice teachers through local and regional
presentations focusing strategies that have immediate application to the classroom. 

Using music as an authentic and artistic tool to integrate fluency instruction into daily
reading instruction, not only for the purpose of enhancing phonemic awareness in young
children, but as a bridge to comprehension through viable strategies for increasing
prosody, automaticity, expression, and accuracy. 

Family Literacy: Working with the school, home, and community as a symbiosis for a
university literacy partnership in helping parents acquire literacy routines to help
their children develop the “habits of mind” of proficient readers using at-home literacy
experiences as the basis for literacy learning. Fertile ground for a literate environment
is created through a combination of oral language, ancestral anecdotes, and interactive
read-alouds, through which a context for mutual respect among parents, teachers, and
students engenders the life lessons that shape our values, beliefs, and heritage. 

Degrees: 

Ed.D, Teacher Leadership, 2011, Walden University 

6th Year CAS in Educational Leadership, 1995, Southern CT State University; 

Masters in Reading, 1979, University of Bridgeport; 

Bachelor of Arts, 1972, Elementary Education, University of Bridgeport 

Articles

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A Clinical Practicum Experience to Prepare Teacher Candidates for Early Literacy Instruction, Education Faculty Publications (2013)

The purpose of this article is to explore teacher candidates’ tutoring experiences within a university...

 

Contributions to Books

Popular Press

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SHU Hosts First Literacy Conference, Sacred Heart University News Story (2013)

On April 13 2013 Sacred Heart University’s Farrington College of Education conducted its very first...

 

Dissertation

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A Clinical Practicum Experience to Prepare Teacher Candidates for Classroom Literacy Instruction, Education Faculty Publications (2011)

There is a pervasive reading crisis in the United States. Critics, including policymakers, educators, literacy...