I am a professor at Texas State University, where I have taught since 2004. I am certified in Texas as a middle and secondary English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) teacher, Master Reading Teacher, and Reading Specialist, with an ESL credential. My bachelor and masters are in English, and I taught middle school in San Antonio before earning my Ph.D in Reading Education at the University of Georgia. At Texas State, I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy methods, literacy assessment and interventions for students who struggle with school-based literacies, children’s and young adult literature, and creating and evaluating literacy professional development. I have also taught in field-based courses for middle and high school preservice teachers. My research examines teaching literacy in the middle and high school, creating frameworks for literacy instruction in the middle and high school, and critiquing and analyzing children’s and young adult literature. I have recent publications in the Handbook of Research on Reading Comprehension(2nd Ed.), the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, the Middle School Journal, and Children’s Literature in Education. I was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Literacy Association in 2015, and I will serve through the conference in Austin in July 2018. In August, I will be awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence at the 2018 University Convocation.
Oh, and I’m also a Jeopardy Champion.