Karen Pezzolla, MS. Ed.
I was born to be a teacher, in fact it has been the only profession I have ever had. I began my career as an English Education major at Caldwell College. My dreams of becoming an English teacher were dashed during my student teaching experience when I realized that I wanted to teach emergent readers how to read and became a first grade teacher. I became fascinated with how to teach struggling readers and received a Teacher of the Handicapped certification from New Jersey City University, earned two Masters in Education from Saint Elizabeth's College and then to William Paterson University to earn my Reading Specialist certification. I worked with struggling readers for many years and that position morphed into a literacy coach position where I would teach teachers how to teach reading. It was in that position that I realized I loved working with the adult learner. I taught at the college level as an adjunct at Kean University, Passaic County Community College and Caldwell College. I am now a full-time instructor at Felician University and a doctoral student in an online program at Northcentral University working toward a terminal degree in Curriculum and Instruction. My interests are in literacy, teacher education, special education, reading disabilities and curriculum and instruction.
Courses Taught at Felician University
EDU200- Sophomore Field Experiences
EDU205- Professional Assessment and Outcomes
ENG220- Children’s Literature
EDU303- School Curriculum: Reading Language Arts: K-6
EDU305- Young Child and Emergent Literacy
EDU306- Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
EDU560- Literacy for Diverse Learners