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Master of Arts in
Literacy Education

Meet Our Faculty


Allison Swan Dagen

Associate Professor, Literacy Education Program Coordinator

Office: 604N Allen Hall
Phone: (304) 293-4417


Aimee Morewood

Associate Professor, Literacy Education Outreach Coordinator

Office: 607E Allen Hall
Phone: (304) 293-8245

Adjunct Faculty:

Teresa S. Campbell

Teresa Campbell is a National Board Certified Teacher at Musselman High School in Inwood, WV.  She received her B.S. in secondary education with a certification in English/language arts grades 5-12 and journalism 9-12 from West Virginia University.  Mrs. Campbell completed her M. Ed. in Reading Education at West Virginia University in 2007.  She has been a public school teacher for 24 years in West Virginia and Maryland and has served as adjunct faculty in the literacy program at West Virginia University since 2008.  Mrs. Campbell has received many awards in her tenure as a teacher including: Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood Community Service Award, Walmart Teacher of the Year Award, and Berkeley County A.C.E (A Caring Educator) award, and has presented numerous times at the state level for her best practices in the classroom.

Amy Cook

Amy is a 2007 graduate of the Benedum Collaborative Five-Year Teacher Education program where she earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood. In 2008, she completed West Virginia University’s Reading program with a Reading Specialist Master’s Degree. During her coursework, Amy participated with the Choosy Kids program of WVU’s Physical Activity and Sports Sciences’ WV Motor Development Center and was selected for the Ken McPherson Commitment to Children Award in 2004. Amy also served as an AmeriCorps Member with Energy Express, a West Virginia Reading and Nutrition program, under the leadership of WVU’s Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development program. Upon graduation, Amy began her career as a Curriculum Specialist/Extension Trainer for WVU’s Energy Express program, under the leadership of WVU Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development program. Amy currently serves as the Assistant Director at the WVU Child Learning Center, managed by Bright Horizons. In December 2014, she was selected as the recipient of the Leanne Grace Early Childhood Education Achievement Award. She is also the 2017 recipient of the HEART Award at the WVU Child Learning Center. 49Since 2008, Amy has taught various EDUC and RDNG courses including EDUC 200, RDNG 403, RDNG 493 A, and RDNG 422.

Kimberly Goletz

Kimberly L. Goletz has a B.A. in English from University of Maryland.  She obtained her M.Ed. from Waynesburg University.  She is a certified teacher in Pennsylvania in the areas of 7-12 English and K-12 Special Education.  Mrs. Goletz has 4 years of teaching experience in the public school and has been an adjunct for West Virginia University for 3 years. 

Brande Hockensmith

Brande Hockensmith, a National Board Certified Teacher, has a B.A. in secondary education with a certification in English/Language Arts (grades 5-adult) from Shepherd University.  She obtained her M.Ed. in Reading from West Virginia University and is a certified Reading Specialist.  Mrs. Hockensmith has been teaching for 10 years in grades 9-12, has been an English adjunct for Potomac State University, and has mentored for the WVU National Board Certification program for pre-k teachers. Presently, she teaches English in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Sarah Kane

Sarah Kane is an Academic Coach at North Elementary in Morgantown, WV. Sarah received her MA in Elementary Education and Reading Specialist Certification (K-12) from West Virginia University. Mrs. Kane has her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. She is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in Literacy and has additional certifications in Administration Leadership and Teacher Leadership and Student Learning (PK-AD). Sarah has been an educator for 11 years in West Virginia serving as a classroom teacher, Title I Reading Specialist and Academic Coach. In addition to working for Monongalia County schools, Sarah has been a mentor to Pre-K teachers working on their National Board Certification in Literacy through a grant opportunity with WVU’s Literacy Education program and volunteers as a reading tutor to local elementary school students.

Diana Kingsburgy

Diana Kingsbury has earned a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science in Family Resources, specializing in child development and literacy. She has served children as the program coordinator and curriculum specialist at Suncrest Early Learning Center where she worked with families and children from birth to age 12.  She has served WVU as a faculty member at the Energy Express program where she was the curriculum and program coordinator.  She worked closely with Title 1, and was responsible statewide training and assessment for this award-winning literacy program. She also served as a classroom teacher at the WVU Nursery School where she was a Faculty Equivalent Academic Professional. Mrs. Kingsbury is a master trainer certified by WV STARS.

Laura VanHorn

Laura VanHorn is a 29 year veteran in the classroom, having spent the last 19 years in kindergarten at North Elementary in Morgantown.  She holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from WVU and is a National Board Certified Teacher.  At North Elementary, Morgantown, Laura is the Teacher Education Coordinator for the WVU 5 Year Teacher Education Program, Coordinator of the School Garden program, and Faculty Senate Vice-Chairperson.

Graduate/Teaching Assistants:

Amy Metz is a doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) completing a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Curriculum and Instruction. Amy has taught RDNG 403: Children’s Literature, as well as RDNG 422: Reading in the Content Area. Amy is a certified teacher with a BS in Elementary Education with a PreK specialization, and is a certified Reading Specialist with a MA in Reading from WVU. She has ten years teaching experience in Kindergarten through 8th grade with experience in various roles including regular classroom instruction, Title I reading/math support, and is currently the Reading Interventionist at St. Francis Central Catholic School in Morgantown.

Susan Taylor is a doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) Interdisciplinary PhD program and a part- time Graduate Assistant assigned to the Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies (CILS) department. Susan teaches RDNG 403: Children’s Literature and is engaged with teaching and research \responsibilities through the Literacy Leadership Through National Board Certification (LLNBC) Grant. Susan is a certified Elementary teacher, Technology Integration Specialist and Reading Specialist with a MA in Reading from WVU. Currently Susan is employed at Monongalia County Schools as a Federal Programs Technical Support Specialist after teaching 9 years at Mason-Dixon elementary. Susan’s research interests include reading, technology and professional development.