Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Fordham University, Language, Literacy, & Learning

P.D. Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, Educational Leadership & Administration   

M.S. ED. Johns Hopkins University, Remedial Reading

B. S. SUNY, New Paltz, Elementary Education/Psychology



New York State Permanent Reading Teacher Certification
New York University School of Education Certified Reading Recovery Teacher
New York State School District Administrator
New York State Permanent Certification N-6
New York City Teacher’s License for Early Childhood
Maryland State Teacher’s Certification N-8
Maryland State Reading Specialist K-12
Maryland State Reading Teacher K-12
CLASS PreK Certified Classroom Observer




Long Island University, Post
Professor – 2005 – Present                       

Visiting Assistant Professor 2004 – 2005


State University College at Old Westbury, Old Westbury, New York
Adjunct Associate Professor

State University of New York at Farmingdale, Farmingdale, New York
Adjunct Assistant Professor


Great Neck Public Schools
Reading Recovery teacher, Kindergarten teacher/ Kindergarten staff developer,  
Mentor Teacher/UPK Liaison for Great Neck Community School.

East Williston Public Schools, East Williston, New York
Kindergarten teacher.
Little Folks Centre, Huntington, New York 11743
Educational Director for children 12 months to 5 years of age and weekly “Mommy & Me” program for mothers and toddlers.
Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, Maryland
Master kindergarten teacher.

New York City Public Schools, PS – 192, New York, New York
First grade teacher used   Breakthrough to Literacy to teach second language learners literacy skills.

Director/Teacher, Medgar Evers Headstart, Brooklyn, New York.
Supervised of teaching staff, provided parent workshops, and served as CDA advisor for two faculty members.  



March 2017 - The David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching / Long Island University - LIU Post

November 2015 – Service Award - National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Play, Policy, Practice Interest Forum

November 2012 - Patricia Nourot Award, National Association for the Education of Young Children


Courses taught at LIU/Post          

Doctoral -Contemporary Issues in Assessment and Evaluation
Masters - Contemporary Issues in Literacy Research – Blended format
Masters - Play in the Early Childhood Curriculum
Masters Level - Literacy in the Content Areas – Blended format
Masters Level - Literacy Teaching and Learning – Blended format
Masters Level - Beginning Reading and Writing: Emergent Literacy
Masters Level - Early Childhood Curriculum: Kindergarten to Grade 2
Masters Level - Child Development

Play in the Early Childhood Curriculum
Literacy Development

Dissertations - Mentor
Donna D’Ambrosio – Pathways to Statistics, Mathematics, and Test Anxiety in Undergraduate Students

Claudine Campanelli – The Infant/Toddler Montessori Environments: A Closer Look at Ambient Language in Mixed-Aged Classrooms

Maureen Schwartz – A Bakhtinian Dialogical Interactive Approach: Read-Alouds with Spanish-speaking kindergarteners

Maria Ruffini – Meaning Making with Informational Texts: A Multimodal Approach to Kindergarten Literacy Learning

Ruth Guirguis - The Development of Self-Regulation in Preschool: Influencing the Current Regimes of Truth

Dissertations - Committee Member
Jean Ricotta - Attitudes of Principals and Directors of Teacher Preparation Programs Towards a Danielson’s Framework for Professional Practice

Dissertation Reader (Other University)
Katherine Byrnes- Investigating Teachers’ Attitudes toward Professional Development–Doctoral candidate at Hofstra University



Editorial Board, Dialogic Pedagogy Journal: An International Online Journal,

Advisory Board – National Association for the Education of Young Children – Interest Forum Facilitator for the Play, Policy and Practice Interest Forum

Advisory Board – The Association for the Study of Play