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Laurie Sharp

Laurie Sharp

Laurie Sharp has 15 years of broad experience in pre-K–12 public schools and higher education as a classroom teacher and teacher educator. She currently serves as an associate professor and the assistant dean of Undergraduate Studies for First- and Second-year Experience at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Laurie has been a faculty member in higher education since 2009 and teaches courses in education, literacy, and leadership. Prior to academia, Laurie was an elementary classroom teacher in Florida and Texas and worked primarily with students who had specific literacy learning needs.

Laurie has been an active ILA member since 2004. She has served on various ILA committees and held leadership roles in two special interest groups, Professors of Literacy and Teacher Education and Specialized Literacy Professionals. Laurie has also been a leader within ILA's Texas state chapter, Texas Association for Literacy Education (TALE), where she has served as a Board member, vice president, president-elect, chair, and past-chair. Laurie also cochaired two TALE annual conferences, which provided high-quality professional learning for hundreds of preservice and practicing literacy professionals.

Laurie is a prolific scholar and contributed more than 80 publications to the literacy community. Her work has appeared in several regional, national, and international publications, including three ILA publications, Literacy Today, The Reading Teacher, and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. Laurie recently coauthored a research text with Jeffrey Kottler, one of the most prominent authors in the fields of counseling, psychotherapy, health, and education.

Laurie received her Associates of Arts from Daytona State College and her Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, and a graduate certificate in Teaching Writing Grades K–12 from the University of Central Florida. Laurie also earned a Doctor of Education with a specialization in reading from Tarleton State University.