Assistant Professor, Education
Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2020
M.A., University of New Mexico, 2008
B.A., McDaniel College, 1988
EDUC 430/630 Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom
SPED 624 Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education
EDUC 404/604 Sheltered English Instruction
SPED 622 Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction in SE
Dr. Head has worked in public libraries and public schools for almost 30 years. It was, in large part, her experience as a children's librarian and storyteller that fueled her passion for providing high quality literacy instruction for students with significant disabilities. Dr. Head has expertise in the teaching of reading and writing interventions and in developing fully inclusive literate communities in K-12 classrooms. She has also worked with and developed supports for students who have faced significant trauma. Dr. Head's teaching philosophy is built upon this bedrock: All students are capable of the development and cognitive transformation that constitutes learning in its truest sense.
Dr. Head's research interests center on empowering teachers to construct classroom communities that are just and inclusive of all students through active inquiry and self-reflection. Her recent work focuses on the collection and analysis of teacher narratives as a way to uncover, discuss, and challenge beliefs about how children with significant disabilities develop as readers and writers. She plans to continue her work in investigating the connections between teacher narratives/beliefs and classroom practice as a part of her work at MCLA.