Diedre Allen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
"I believe education is to help students develop as learners; my role as a teacher is to instill a sense of intrinsic motivation for lifelong learning. My experience has led me to develop my role as coach, mentor, and facilitator. I believe students learn by being actively engaged in various activities relevant to the content. It is my goal to find a style matching each student and to differentiate instruction to meet their needs."
Dr. Allen earned her B. S. from the University of South Florida in Elementary Education. She taught elementary school for seven years. While teaching she earned her M. Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration from National-Louis University. She then worked as a Reading Coach and Literacy Staff Developer for three years. Diedre began working on her Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading and Language Arts from the University of South Florida and taught various courses while working toward her degree, which she will complete in the fall of 2012. Diedre's research interests include preservice teacher education, technology integration, and independent reading during school.
Ph. D., Reading and Language Arts, University of South Florida (expected)
M. Ed., Educational Leadership and Administration, National-Louis University
B. S., Elementary Educaiton, University of South Florida
Honors and Awards
University of South Florida Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant Nominee - 2010
Parker, A.K., McHatton, P.A., Allsopp, D., Allen, D.
(April 2011). Preparing elementary and special education pre-service teachers for co-teaching in inclusive classrooms
. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.
(May, 2010). Construction and validation of a new literacies survey instrument.
Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association Conference, Denver, CO.
Parker, A.K., McHatton, P.A., Allen, D
., and Dias, L. (May, 2010). Pre-service teachers' perceptions of co-teaching
. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.