Theresa Magpuri-Lavell, Ed.D. (email)
is Scholar in Residence for Jefferson County Public Schools and Associate Professor of Education. She received her doctorate in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership with a specialization in Reading Education from the University of Memphis. After receiving her Master's in Education from Lesley University, she taught elementary school for ten years in Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Japan. Her research addresses literacy issues for K-3 students and urban adolescents with a specific focus on reading fluency and building teacher capacity on evidenced-based reading instruction. Other scholarly interests involve students with dyslexia and literacy coaching. Research by Dr. Magpuri-Lavell has been published in the Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy and the Journal of Literacy Research. At Bellarmine, she coordinates and teaches in the MAEd Literacy Specialist P-12 program. Dr. Magpuri-Lavell is also the Project Director for the Oldham County K-3 Reading Academy and the Jefferson County Public Schools Literacy Project, initiatives to train K-3 teachers in the use of evidenced-based literacy practices with the goal of raising literacy achievement for all students.