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Dr. Genevieve Prater

Methods of Teaching Reading

Genevieve Skinner Prater teaches Methods of Teaching Reading at Vandercook. In her first year of professional teaching, Dr. Prater taught English as a Foreign Language to first and second graders of many nationalities in Doha, Qatar. Upon returning to the United States, she taught elementary students in Title 1 schools in Colorado. In 2014, she was part of the staff that was awarded a National Blue Ribbon Award for closing the achievement gap for underprivileged students. Dr. Prater went on to teach elementary students in Tennessee. Dr. Prater was raised in Colorado Springs, CO and attended University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO, where she earned her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Studies. Her research experiences have included determining the effects of high-stakes assessments on all educational stakeholders, pedagogical decision-making, and literacy. Additionally, she has presented research on incorporating writing strategies in mathematics as well as research on teacher resilience to the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC) Conference. Consequently, she has developed strong interests in continuing educational research, as well as preparing new generations of teachers for classroom success.


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