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Dr. James A. Salzman
Executive Director
image007 The Edward Stevens Center for the Study and Development of Literacy and Language
340 McCracken Hall
T: 740.593.0677

Dr. Salzman earned his B.S. in English Education from Bowling Green State University, his M.S. in Reading Education and K-12 Reading Specialist certificate from San Diego State University, and a Composition Certificate and Ph.D. in Secondary Education from The University of Akron. As Executive Director of the Stevens Literacy Center, Dr. Salzman oversees the Helen M. Robinson Center for Reading that provides free tutoring to children and adults who are struggling readers and the work of the Central/Southeast Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) Resource Center, whose staff provides expertise in learning disabilities and professional development support to ABLE programs state-wide. As former director of the Reading First Ohio Center at Cleveland State from 2003-2009, he secured federal and state grants and contracts in excess of $26 million. He has presented more than 50 papers at national and international conferences and published more than a dozen articles on literacy issues, as well as teacher induction and action research, for various regional and national publications, co-authored a textbook on teacher planning, co-developed two online learning modules for eRead Ohio, and authored two professional development manuals on teacher induction.


Dr. Sharon Reynolds
Director, Adult Basic and Literacy Education
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344 McCracken Hall
T: 740.593.0969

Dr. Reynolds earned her B.S. in Elementary Education/Deaf Education from The State College of New Jersey, her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and her Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Ohio University. As Director of Adult Basic and Literacy Education Stevens Literacy Center, Dr. Reynolds oversees the work of the Central/Southeast Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) ResourceCenter, whose staff provides expertise in learning disabilities and professional development support to ABLE programs state-wide. at numerous state and national conferences on Adult Basic Education.


Kate Fergus
Curriculum and Training Specialist
image003 The Edward Stevens Center for the Study and Development of Literacy and Language
338 McCracken Hall
T: 740.593.4480

Kate Fergus is Curriculum Developer and Training Specialist at the Central/Southeast ABLE Resource Center. In addition to supporting literacy practitioners throughout the state of Ohio by conducting face-to-face and online workshops on instructional strategies and best practices in the classroom, she has coordinated the creation of several workshops and webinars on adaptive and assistive technologies. Though a great deal of her time is spent coordinating professional development and learning new technologies, Kate devotes additional energies to her Masters work in Curriculum and Instruction as well as teaching and advising freshmen at Ohio University.


Chelsie Wollett
Program Coordinator/Trainer
image009 The Edward Stevens Center for the Study and Development of Literacy and Language
338 McCracken Hall
T: 740.593.0160

Chelsie received her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Mathematics Education from Ohio University in 2009. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Martin J. Mohlenkamp on a National Science Foundation grant. As part of her research, she presented at the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics in 2008. She earned her Master of Science in Mathematics from Ohio University in 2011. As Program Coordinator/Trainer for the Literacy Center, Chelsie is responsible for developing and delivering professional development for instructors in ABLE, especially in the area of math. She has given workshops on upper level algebra and geometry, designed an upper-level pilot curriculum, and is working to create professional development opportunities using Khan Academy. In addition, she is responsible for the coordination of the BMTL and RAMP Up projects.


Renee Smith
Assistant Program Coordinator
image004 The Edward Stevens Center for the Study and Development of Literacy and Language
338 McCracken Hall
T: 740.597.7980

Renee Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, and a Masters of Education in Computer Technology from Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio. Renee is employed with the Stevens Literacy Center and works on a variety of projects. Currently she is coordinating the Supplemental Education Service Provider project. Prior to this, she was the Early Field Placement Coordinator at Ohio University. She has also taught technology courses in the Educational Studies Program at Ohio University. Before teaching technology she was an Elementary Teacher. Her research interest includes integrating technology in grades K-12, using technology to increase learning, and online education in Higher Education and in grades K-12.


Brain McCoy
Administrative Associate
image008 The Edward Stevens Center for the Study and Development of Literacy and Language
336 McCracken Hall
T: 740.593.4419

Brian graduated from Ohio University in '94 with a one-of-a-kind Bachelor of Specialized Studies in Hydroponic Produce Production. He liked it here so much, he has continued on as an OU Employee for over 17 years. He has been the Administrative Associate for the Stevens Literacy Center for the past 8 years. Brian is an avid quilter and has used his artwork to fund the Brian D. McCoy ABLE GED Graduate Scholarship at OU. This scholarship will be used to provide financial support to adults that get their GED from an Ohio ABLE Program and want to pursue their dreams of a higher education at Ohio University.

Graduate Students

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Daniel Showalter is a PhD student in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in mathematics education. His research interests include place-based mathematics education, educational equity, rural education, statistical literacy, and East Asian studies. Daniel has taught in K–12 and post-secondary institutions domestically, as well as in South Korea and Laos. As a quantitative analyst, Daniel has worked with the Rural School and Community Trust www.ruraledu.org, a national non-profit organization addressing the crucial relationship between excellent schools and thriving communities. He is currently coauthoring a textbook for a proposed post-algebra II alternative to precalculus.


image010 Derek Sturgill
Derek’s paradise consists of rolling luscious green pastures speckled by turquoise ponds and Angus cows. He is a PhD student in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in mathematics education. His current interests are rural equity, place-based education, and early childhood mathematics education. He has a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Rio Grande, M.A. in mathematics from Marshall University, and a M.S. in mathematics from Ohio University. He has taught undergrad level in mathematics, as well as, substituted and tutored in an Appalachian middle school. Hay season is in full bloom, and his plans this summer are to work really hard for little pay.


image002 Lauren Volpe
Lauren Volpe has a zeal for education. Currently, she is a PhD student in curriculum and instruction. Before becoming a doctoral student, she received her B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Denison University, her M.A. in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University, and her M.Ed in Integrated Language Arts from Ohio University. Her primary research interests include feminist and critical pedagogies, critical literacy, and social justice in education. She is also interested in qualitative research methods, particularly narrative inquiry and autoethnography.


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Ellen Yeh
Ellen Yeh holds a Bachelor of English Language and Literature from Soochow University in Taiwan, and a Masters of Education in Teaching English as a Second Languages (TESOL) from the University of New York at Buffalo. Ellen is a PhD student in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in second language (L2) acquisition. Her research interests include media literacy education, literacy instruction, intercultural studies, and the education of diverse populations. She has taught in ESL/EFL (English as a second/ foreign language) institutes in Taiwan and the United States. As a graduate assistant in the Helen M. Robison Center for Reading, Ellen is responsible for designing the volunteer tutor training sessions, and assisting the coordination of the Tutoring Center. She has been working with Dr. Sara Helfrich on a project focusing on integrating media literacy into language classrooms. As part of her research, she presented at the 12th Annual Reframing Education to Sustain the World Conference in 2012.


Aimage001dedayo Ogundimu
My name is Adedayo Ogundimu (my friends call me ‘Dayo). I am a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a doctoral student in Educational Administration. My major and field of research is Education Leadership and National Development. Having spent over two decades in the field of grassroots community mobilization and participatory rural development in my country, it is my intention to serve as a mentor to the next generation of education/development professionals by engaging in teaching and research. I also plan to serve my country and the international community as a consultant (education and national development) after my graduation.


For more information, please contact:
The Edward Stevens Center for the Study and Development of Literacy and Language
336 McCracken Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701
T: 740.593.4419
T: 800.753.1519
F: 740.593.2834
literacy@ohio.edu

 

 

 

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