I received my B.S. from the University of Alabama in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and my M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois. I taught Kindergarten, second and fourth grade in Illinois before earning my Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in Language, Literacy and Culture. Upon my graduation in 2001, I accepted a three-year post doctoral position at the University of South Carolina to work on a federally funded grant studying long term professional development. I have worked at Kent State since 2004 and am currently an associate professor of literacy education and the Director of the Reading and Writing Center. My research interests include understanding in-service and pre-service teacher change in theoretical knowledge and practice and understanding student development as readers and writers.