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Kelli Paquette received an EdD (2003) and MEd (1997) from Wilmington University, Delaware, before joining Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003. She is also certified as a Reading Specialist, Elementary School Principal, and Program Specialist ESL. Prior to joining the Department of Professional Studies in Education, she was an elementary school teacher in Capital School District, Dover, Delaware. She was well-prepared for her first day of teaching first grade with the education she received at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree (1993).
Dr. Paquette’s specialty areas include Emergent Literacy, Content Literacy, Language Arts, Teacher Effectiveness, and Qualitative Research Methods. She enjoys presenting at international, national, and regional conferences, as well as writing and publishing books, book chapters, and journal articles solely or with her esteemed colleagues. She also likes volunteering her time and efforts in the local elementary schools, Grace Methodist Church, and many of IUP’s university, college, and departmental committees.
Course specialties include: CURR 915 Writing for Publication; LTCY 644 Issues and Trends in Language Arts; LTCY 701 Assessment and Acceleration; LTCY 702 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas; LTCY 705 Organization and Administration of Reading and Writing Programs; ECED 351 Literacy for the Emergent Reader; ECED 250 Language Development
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) equipped me with the knowledge and skills required of an effective and successful teacher. I will be forever thankful. Shortly after graduation, I had the opportunity and privilege to teach in Hartly, Delaware. During my 10 years, I built wonderful relationships with my students, families, colleagues, and administrators. I am extremely thankful to Mrs. Lybarger, my principal, who hired me for my first teaching position. With continued schooling in Delaware, I was able to move back to my hometown area and teach at IUP. I love teaching and learning with the IUP campus community. Our students are the “bestest of the best.”
In addition to teaching, researching, and serving, I spend a lot of my time with my family. Since some of our family live in Delaware, we enjoy going to the Lewes, Rehoboth, and Dewey beaches. We also spend time with my parents and my sisters’ families in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. There is always a lot of love and laughter when we are together.
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