Phyllis Hakeem

Adjunct Instructor, Education

Phyllis Hakeem
(413) 662-5381
Mark Hopkins Hall Rm 211A


Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study,
MCLA, 2007 

M.A., St. Joseph's Seminary Institute of
Religious Studies, 2000

B.S., Chestnut Hill College, 1991

Courses Taught

EDUC 338/638: Reading and Language Arts, Spring 2020

EDUC336/636: Literacy in the Content Area, Spring 2020

RDNG712/713: Literacy Assessment II, Spring 2020

RDNG710/711: Literacy Assessment I, Fall 2019

EDUC30270: Assessment and Evaluation, Spring 2019

CECS100: MTEL Prep. Seminars (Foundations of Reading and Communication and Literacy: Every Semester

About Me

I am most proud to be a wife, mother of four daughters, grandmother times three, and a great grandmother - who LOVES “glamping” in our fifth wheel RV.

My philosophy of teaching and learning is grounded in my strong belief that the purpose of education is to facilitate rich and diverse learning experiences that enhance students' formation as "responsible partners in social living" (Woodcock and Hakeem, 2015).

While instructing, I respect inclusive practices, diverse learning contextual preferences, and provide students visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic scaffolds when delivering information. I've even been known to sing!

I work hard to ground learning in an integrated approach with a balance of lecture, discussion, guided practice, guided inquiry, and deliberate strategic practice. My students are given opportunities to work in diverse classroom configurations for cooperative learning experiences that support the diverse needs of all learners. Universal design for learning principles of respecting flexible methods of presentation, multiple methods of expression of competency, and options for building stamina, engagement, and motivation are a hallmark of my instruction. Feedback is offered through peer and instructor conferencing. On-line interaction is provided through CANVAS where students are afforded assigned viewings, text submissions to assignments, and discussion forums.

Special Projects/Activities

Maintains Massachusetts Licensure:
Reading (All Levels) Since August, 2007 Elementary Education (1-6) Since January, 2005
Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) Since May, 2006
Leadership: Principal/Assistant Principal (PreK-6) Since June, 2008

Maintains Certifications (Selective Listing):
CANVAS On-line Instructor, MCLA
Language Circle Project Read Teacher (Phonology, Phonics, Linguistics, Report Form and Framing Your Thoughts) Teacher Level
LETRS (Language Essential for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) Teacher Level
Wilson Academy Teacher Level
Keys to Literacy (Vocabulary, Comprehension, Argument Writing, Close Reading) Teacher Level
Read Naturally Trainer Level
Lexia Teacher Level
Telian Teacher Level
New York State Educational Technology Computer Integration Specialist

Title III, Technology Literacy Challenge Fund-School Project Facilitator (1999-2001)
Title III, Technology Literacy Challenge Fund-School Participant (1999 – 2001)
Mid-Hudson Teachers Mini Grant-Participant (2000-2001)
Learning Technology Grant, Participant (1999-2000)
Federal Action/Drug Alliance- Special Volunteer Program-Author, Administrator,
Presented Governor’s Conference-Health Challenges of the 90’s/N.J. Department of Health (Funded 1991-1992)

Research/Creative Interests

Before entering the field of education, Mrs. Hakeem was employed as a clinical research coordinator in neuropsychology and as a neuropsychometrician. Among her honors are listings in the New York State Academy of Teaching and Learning, Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and Outstanding Young Woman of America. Among her awards is the Eastern Psychological Association's Excellence in Research Certificate for her work on the Relationship Between Information Processing Styles, Perfectionism, and Physiological Response to Laterally Specific Tasks. Her current research interests in the field of education include academic instructional coaching, literacy acquisition, literacy assessment and the neuroscience of reading.


Woodcock, C., & Hakeem, P.M. (2015)."The Power of Our Words and Flesh”: An Experienced Literacy Coach’s Love Letter to Incoming Educators about the Transformational Roles of Relationships and the Body in Learning. Journal of Language and Literacy Education, Vol. 11 Issue 1.

Stern, M.B., Doty, R.L., Dotti, M.MD; Corcoran, P. M. (Hakeem), Crawford, D. McKeown, D.A, Adler, C., Gollomp, S., and Hurtig, H. (1994). Olfactory Function in Parkinson Disease Sub-Types. Neurology Vol. 44: 266-268.

Glosser, C. Clark, B. Freundlich, L. Kliner, P. Flaherty (Hakeem), M. Stern (1995) “A Controlled Investigation of Current and Premorbid Personality Characteristics of Parkinson’s Disease Patients” Journal of Movement Disorders Mar;10 (2):201-6 Abstract

Talks and Presentations

Inservice Seminars, Clarksburg Elementary School, 2019

Celebrating Efforts in Building Competency: Learning Experiences in Literacy,School Committee Meeting/Pittsfield Public Schools, 2016

Celebrating Reading First Model Schools/North Adams Public Schools, Marlboro, MA: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Conferences, 2004-2006