“Our nation is facing a literacy crisis. The United States government estimates that roughly 25% of the adult population in this country is functionally illiterate. It has been acknowledged that if students do not learn to read by the time they enter 3rd grade there is only a 1 in 17 chance that they will ever catch up to their typically developing peers. The future of our nation depends heavily on its children. Here at Green Mountain College we offer training for pre-service teachers in the area of language and literacy that is cutting edge and heavily influenced not only by theory, but backed by research. Elementary Education majors graduate from our program absolutely ready to teach children to read. This is an advantage that we are proud to say that we offer here at GMC. Green Mountain College is a pioneer in the field of teacher preparation.”
– Rommy Fuller, Ed.S., Ph.D., Education Program Director
“We teach more by who we are than by what we teach.”
– William Durant
“It matters little else what they learn in elementary school if they do not learn to read at grade level.”
Ph.D. Educational Leadership
Date of Completion: May 2015
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) – Language & Literacy
Date of Completion: May 2010
University of New Hampshire
Masters of Education
Date of Completion: May 2002
University of New Hampshire
BA in Health & Human Services –
Date of Completion: May 2000
Education: Teacher as Decision Maker, The Exceptional Child, Language Development & Disorders, Language & Literacy I, Language & Literacy II, Elementary Mathematics Methods, Elementary Social Studies Methods, Student Teacher Supervision, EDU 2000 Early Field Placement, EDU 3100 Observation & Practicum, Curriculum & Instruction, Dynamics of Classroom Behavior, History of Education.
Environmental Liberal Arts/Other Courses: Images of Nature, Voices of Community: A Writing Seminar, Poverty & Inequality in America, Human Development I, Developmental Psychology II-Adolescence.
- Reading Fluency: Effects and Considerations, Post-secondary Students
- Theoretical explanations for the cause of developmental dyslexia
- Recently completed a research prospectus for the topic of intrinsic motivation and academic performance for undergraduate students.
- Developing a research endeavor examining personal education experiences for established public school educators.
- Working with a local public school administrator to examine the effectiveness of technology on peer tutoring practices.
- Associate Professor of Education, Green Mountain College (2008-present)
- Currently tutoring several students (ages 8-adult) with the Wilson Language Program.
- Coach, Peak Performance, Rutland, Vt. (Sept. 2009-current)
- Coach, Cobra Gymnastics, Rutland, Vt. (Sept. 2014-current)
- Classroom teacher (multiple grade levels), Poultney Elementary School, Vt. (August 2003–2008)
- Head Coach, Poultney High School, Poultney, Vt. (July 2003 – Feb. 2008)
- Second grade classroom teacher, Bridport Elementary School, Bridport, Vt. (August 2002–2003)
- Head instructor and camp counselor, UCA, Memphis, Tenn. (June 1998 – 2004)
Current Professional Endeavors & Achievements
- Offered Workshops for Teachers in 2016: October 4th & 25th, November 8th & 15th, December 6th & 15th. In 2017: January 17th, February 14th, March 21st, March 28th, April 11th & 25th, May 16th & 23rd, Sept. 9th, October 24th, November 7th, and November 21st. The workshops were centered around topics associated with language and literacy and all faculty and special educators were asked to attend. Several support staff attended as well.
- August 30th, 2016- Workshop at Poultney Elementary School titled, “Lay of the Land.” Results from a survey of knowledge that I administered were presented to the faculty.
- May 24th, 2016- Solo presenter for an in-service workshop for teachers, reading specialists, and administrators at Poultney Elementary School. The focus of the workshop was the curriculum and instruction of the Wilson literacy program as well as the Fundations program.
- May 5th, 2016- I ran a short workshop for Dimensions faculty at GMC focused on reading comprehension.
- October 30th, 2014: Solo presenter for a full day workshop for teachers, reading specialists, and administrators at The Reading Institute in Williamstown, Mass. The workshop was on assessing and improving reading fluency at the middle and secondary levels. There were a couple of hundred participants.
- April 16th, 2014, planned for and executed a reading initiative training and calibration session for reading assessment team members. Preparation for this event was extensive.
- March 20th, 2014, presented a workshop entitled “College Reading Readiness” for the VISTA volunteers from around the State of Vermont. The workshop was held this year at GMC.
- Served as a Group Leader for a different 20 minute workshop (conducted three times) entitled “Problem to Practice” at the January 16th, 2014 Faculty Workshop. This workshop introduced a teaching strategy associated with the “Writing Lessons from Images” theme.
- May 2nd, 2013, Presenter: Workshop held on campus entitled, Oral Language Development & Vocabulary Acquisition: Birth-Age Five. Professionals from around Vermont were in attendance.
- October 30th, 2012, Presenter: The Reading Institute. The title of the talk was “Academic Writing and Research Review.”
- May 2012, Presenter: Meeting for doctoral candidates for Simmons College outlining the IRB process as well as components of a dissertation proposal at The Reading Institute in Williamstown, Mass. My session lasted half an hour.
- 2011-2012, Consultant: Middletown Springs Elementary School-Language and Literacy. I ran multiple workshops on the G.M.C. campus for this reason and facilitated nearly all of the bimonthly faculty meetings held at MSES for faculty and staff. I also worked with each teacher at the school individually visiting a minimum of one classroom each week to observe and provide feedback as well as to model lessons with children for their teachers. I provided materials and gathered solicited information for the principal and for the special educator as well as for the teachers. I worked closely with the school’s Reading Specialist to try to improve her knowledge base and teaching pedagogies.
- May 7th, 2011, Presenter: Meeting for educational leaders (Principals, Superintendents, etc.) at The Reading Institute in Williamstown, Mass. My presentation topic was The Use of Computer Technology on Peer Review Outcomes. My session lasted an hour and a half.
- April 16th, 2010: Took Elementary Math Methods students to the annual Hudson Valley Mathematics conference held at Skidmore College in New York. Two students, Lauren Piechota and Sarah Bills presented on various base systems and their use in elementary classroom settings. Their presentation drew in many participants.
- January 29th, 2010: Presenter- Conference held at The Reading Institute in Williamstown, Mass. The conference attracted educators and Reading Specialists from throughout New England. My presentation topic was Research Based Practices for Improving Reading Fluency. My session lasted one hour.
- December, 2009, Organizer: Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling- a three day course that took place in Rutland, Vt.
- July 14, 2009: Instructor- Full day in-service workshop for Dorset Elementary School. The workshop was entitled Components of a Core Literacy Program.
- May 2009-Presenter: Full day workshop, Green Mountain College. The workshop was entitled Language Fundamentals for Disability Providers and Post-Secondary Professionals. All Calhoun Learning Center staff were present along with professionals working in similar intervention centers in colleges from all over Vermont state.
- April 18, 2009: Brought Students to present at the 12th Annual Hudson River Mathematics Conference in New York. The talk was entitled “Mathematics Content and Methods for Elementary Teachers: A New Paradigm.” Students also presented on Gauss’ formula and positive and negative integers using colored chips.
- January 2009-May 2009: Provided six, half day professional workshop days for educators at Poultney High School
- Fall 2008-Model Teacher: Tuesdays, Poultney Elementary School: Gr. 2
- Book review of Mr. Lincoln’s Gift by Whitney Stewart for Hildene of Vermont (2008).
Other Professional Endeavors & Achievement
- 2014-2015 Awarded an Undergraduate Research Assistant- Green Mountain College
- 2013-2014 Awarded an Undergraduate Research Assistant- Green Mountain College
- Fall 2013 Vermont Women in Higher Education Award Recipient
- Spring 2013- Teacher of the Year Award (Exemplary Teaching Award), Green Mountain College- Student Nominated and Voted Award
- Summer 2012- Current- Maintain a Professional Blog: http://messagesfromthelanguagelady.blogspot.com/
- 2012-2013 Awarded an Undergraduate Research Assistant- Green Mountain College
- 2011-2012 Awarded an Undergraduate Research Assistant- Green Mountain College
- 2009- 2012 International Dyslexia Association Board Member (NH chapter)
- 2010- Unigene Capman Community Service Award
- Fall 2008- Worked to revive the Vermont Chapter of International Dyslexia Association
- Active Instructor-Wilson Language Program
Language & Literacy I:
“This course is excellent and will offer you quite a challenge and will get you to really think about your own literacy and comprehensive education.”
“This class was an incredible learning experience. It gave me tools that I will need to teach language and literacy in the future. I learned so much.”
“This course was everything that I never wanted to know about language, but I like it. I have improved my spelling and I’ve learned a lot to help me teach my daughter how to read.”
“Learning goals are set very high and are effectively met.”
“Rommy is an incredibly dedicated and devoted teacher. Her passion for literacy is motivating and inspiring.”
“One piece of advice I would give someone taking this course next semester / year is to work really hard and you will be rewarded. I love language and literacy!”
Language Development & Disorders:
“Great survey of information. Rommy has great anecdotes that give insight into education, schools, and learning problems.”
“[This course] prepared me with better ways to teach students who might have a LLD and how to recognize them as well. I like that we learned different perspectives and possible causes of LLD’s.”
Language & Literacy II:
“Language & Literacy is a cornerstone that every teacher should experience.”
“[This course] gave me a great deal of knowledge in the areas or reading, writing, etc. This course is so important!”
“You get what you put into this course. Be prepared to work! If you truly intend to provide the most meaningful instruction possible to your [elementary] students, what you learn in this class is in indisposable.”
Developmental Psychology & The Exceptional Child:
“Procrastinating / BSing (usually the two most useful skill in a college student’s repertoire) are not effective in this course.”
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
— William Arthur Ward