Carrie Symons

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies, Literacy, Language, and Culture

Carrie  Symons, School of Education

Field of Study: PhD Educational Studies - Literacy, Language and Culture

Year in Program: 4th year

Geographic Region: Boulder, Colorado>Watsonville, California

Undergraduate: University of Colorado, Boulder

Prior to UM: I hold a BFA in Theatre and a Master's in Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to pursuing my doctorate, I was an elementary classroom teacher for ten years: six years in an urban public school and four years in a rural private school.

Why your program? With research interests in literacy instruction, reading comprehension and English language development in the elementary grades, I wanted to pursue questions that reside at the intersection of these domains. My research assistantship on the Language and Meaning project (funded by IES), co-directed by Mary Schleppegrell and Annemarie Palincsar, gave me the opportunity to participate in design-based research and enabled me to investigate how systemic functional linguistics can support elementary classroom literacy instruction for English learners.

The best part of SOE so far: The intellectual rigor, accessibility of esteemed scholars, and opportunities for involvement in the Teacher Education program make U of M's School of Education personally and professionally rewarding

After graduation: After graduating, I hope to continue conducting instructional research with teachers of elementary English learners and supporting pre-service and new elementary teachers in their efforts to provide robust, meaningful literacy instruction for all students.

Teach me something! Ann Arbor has a lot to offer: great cafes for studying, nice neighborhoods for walking and a vibrant performing arts scene. To enjoy being out and about year round, invest in some good snow boots and long winter coat