I am an assistant professor of literacy education in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Counselor Education Department at North Carolina State University. Prior to coming to State –Go Wolfpack!– I taught for seven years in Camden, New Jersey, and Richmond, Virginia, before earning both my M.Ed. (2007) and Ph.D. (2011) in Reading Education at the University of Virginia.
As a child, I wore out my library cards in three very different places. I was born–and lived the first eight years of my life–in New York. Then my family moved to my father’s homeland of Norway, where I spent the next four years learning Norwegian, soccer, and skiing. At twelve, we moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, where I went to middle school, high school, and college.
My research tends to fall into three strands:
First, I’m interested in helping students who struggle with reading, particularly beyond grades K-2. This involves studying the cognitive, motivational, and contextual factors that might be at play. I work with NC State’s Reading Clinic and have the opportunity to work regularly with graduate students who are becoming reading specialists and with K-12 students who attend our clinic for tutoring support.
Next, I’m interested in the types of texts (both traditional and digital) that students read. I am lucky in that I get to teach a class on children’s literature here at NC State, which gives me a great excuse for devouring kid lit. As teachers, we’re the brokers between books and students, and the better job we do of matching the two, the more potential we have for instilling a love of reading.
Finally, I am interested in helping teachers become more effective teachers of reading.
For more information about my work and for my CV, go here