Doctoral Student Spotlights

Carolyn Strom

Teaching and Learning

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
I chose this program because of its emphasis on urban education. I also wanted to work with certain faculty members and was very excited to be able to study with them in New York City.
My academic passion is:
Literacy and Teacher Education
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
I hope to be having an impact in the way that kids and teachers in urban schools feel, think about, and approach early reading and writing
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
exploring the many restaurants and different neighborhoods
A hobby I have is:
cooking
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
A place called 'grounded' on west 13th street
Focus of my research of scholarship:
Beginning readers and approaches to early literacy instruction
I'm interested in this topic because:
I was a first grade teacher and Reading Specialist for 8 years before starting at NYU. My classroom experiences greatly influence my passion and interest in how children learn to read and how they learn to approach learning.
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
There are so many political tensions around the way we teach kids to read in the early grades; in order to be a part of making change in this arena, a PhD seems necessary
Research or scholar I most admire:
Too many to name!
Professor who has influenced me the most:
Glynda Hull
Research project I've most enjoyed working on:
I worked on a project in the south bronx, as a part of my work at Metro with Pedro Noguera and Eddie Fergus. I learned a great deal.
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Literacy Theory (Glynda Hull) and a research seminar called Issues in Early Childhood Education (O'Connor and Doucet), Listening Guide (Carol Gilligan)
What I like most about being part of a community of doctoral students:
Mutual understanding and mutual interests

Background Information

Where you grew up:
suburbs of New york City
Career Goals:
Literacy policy and curricular programming
Other professional or service activities:
I serve on the board of a New York City charter school.