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

Office Location:
Sammartino Hall - Room 7
Contact Phone:
(201) 559-3538


The College of Saint Elizabeth- MA Educational Leadership, Principal/Supervisor certification, 2007
William Paterson University- Reading Specialist Certification, 2005
The College of Saint Elizabeth- MA Human Service Leadership, 2000
New Jersey City University- Teacher of the Handicapped certification, 1997
Caldwell University- BA English, Elementary School Teacher [n-8] certification, 1993

Positions Held

Felician University - Instructor- 9/11 to present
Caldwell University - Adjunct Instructor- 1/12 to present
Kean University- Adjunct Instructor- 9/10 - 5/11
Passaic County Community College- Adjunct Instructor, 1/08 - 12/10
Berkley College, Adjunct Instructor- 8/06 - 12/07
West Milford Township- Literacy Coach/Intervention Specialist, 10/10 - 6/11
Mansfield Township School District- Literacy Coach/Reading Specialist- 9/07 - 9/10
Montville Township School District- Reading Specialist, 9/05 - 6/07
Montville Township School District- Classroom Teacher, 4/94 - 6/05