Kate Sheridan, recipient of the Association of Literacy Educators & Researchers (ALER) 2019 Master’s Award, is The Patton College of Education’s March Alum of the Month.
Sheridan’s winning paper, “Can a Picture Elicit a Thousand Words? Using Photographs to Foster Early Writing Development,” examined the use of photographs — specifically, those of, selected by, or taken by children — in the kindergarten classroom. It discussed the role pictures play in encouraging and improving kindergartners’ writing.
“I really can't explain how honored and appreciative I felt to even be considered for, much less win, the award,” said Sheridan.
ALER is a professional network of educators, graduate students, and those interested in literacy development.
The Master’s Award included complimentary registration to the 2019 ALER conference in Corpus Christi, Texas. There, Sheridan was recognized at an awards luncheon and had the chance to share her research.
“It was thrilling to present my research at ALER's annual conference,” Sheridan added. “I was able to meet and learn from some prominent researchers in the field of literacy education.”
2020 marks Sheridan’s third year teaching Kindergarten at The Ohio State University Child Care Program (OSU CCP). Before that, the Pickerington, Ohio, native led an after-school program at Plain City Elementary School in Plain City, Ohio, and taught preschool at Indian Run Elementary in Dublin, Ohio.
A two-time Ohio University graduate, Sheridan earned her master’s degree in Reading Education in 2019, and her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Ohio University-Lancaster in 2004. She also received her K-12 teaching credentials from Ohio University in 2014.
But Sheridan’s connection to Ohio University doesn’t stop there — her family is part of an Ohio University teaching lineage that dates back to 1947.
Five members of Sheridan’s family have earned teaching degrees or credentials from Ohio University, starting with her husband’s maternal grandmother in 1947.
Sheridan deeply values her experience at Ohio University, especially the education professors who equipped her with the skills to stay on “the leading edge of educational research.”
“I remain profoundly grateful to my professors within The Patton College of Education, especially Dr. Sara Helfrich, Dr. Theda Gibbs Grey, Dr. Quiping Cao, and Terri Green,” said Sheridan. “These women provided me with a strong knowledge base in best practices—knowledge I continue to apply daily to differentiate and optimize student learning.”