I am a self-acknowledged literacy geek. As a child, I would sneak read books and comics by flashlight long after my parents sent me to bed—a practice that continued well into my teen years. In college, I discovered a passion for sharing this love of reading with children and teens while working at a local bookstore. This led me to pursue a career as English Teacher where I worked hard to incorporate texts that both myself and my students loved including films, comic books, graphic novels, picturebooks, and Young Adult Literature.
Now, I am a professional literacy geek. I work to understand how readers make meaning with the non-traditional texts that permeate their lives. Specifically, my research focuses on how readers transact with visual and multimodal texts, in particular multimodal children’s and adolescent literature, and the pedagogical approaches that support the use of these texts in classrooms and other contexts.
I am an Assistant Professor of Literacy in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning Sciences at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. I earned my Ph.D. in Learning, Literacies, and Technologies from Arizona State University. As a scholar, I write for and speak to academic and broader public audiences about the importance of visual and multimodal literacy and pedagogy. I also provide professional development for teachers around these topics.
When I’m not reading, writing, or teaching, I’m trying a new restaurant or catching up on Runaways.