Laura received her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction as a member of the first cohort of the distance doctoral program at USU. She joined USU in 2005 as an adjunct instructor and became a full-time faculty member in 2008, with 22 years of elementary teaching experience. Laura currently teaches reading methods courses for teacher preparation in elementary education and graduate courses for the Reading Endorsement. She is passionate about early intervention for struggling readers. Along with her undergraduate and graduate instruction, Laura works with students and school districts in the Uintah Basin to coordinate the Paraeducator-to-Teacher Program for USU. A degree in elementary education from USU is possible from virtually every county in Utah, and Laura believes that distance-delivered education courses from the School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) at USU can address the teacher shortage.
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Research on Distance Programs for Teachers & Administrators, Annual Meeting of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, Park City, UT (2012)
Paraprofessionals-to-Teacher: Toward Better Practice in Teacher Certification Programs, TEaL Faculty Publications (2011)