Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Certifications

 

  • Adolescent literacy
     

  • Adolescent relationship to school
     

  • Preservice and early-career teacher identity & disposition development

Licensed English teacher, 6-12

 

Certified English as a Second Language teacher, K-12
 

Google Certified Educator, Level 2

 

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Education

August 2017 - Present

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Literacy and Reading & Teaching and Teacher Education

George Mason University
 

Spring 2015 - December 2016

Master of Education 

Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education English

George Mason University
 

September 2009 - May 2013

Bachelor of Arts

English

George Mason University

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Curriculum Development, Teaching, & Research Support

 

Primary Roles

January 2020 - Present

Instructional Designer

Graduate School of Political Management

The George Washington University

 

August 2017 - Present

Graduate Research Scholar (GRS)

Graduate School of Education

George Mason University

  • 2020-2021: Dr. Kristien Zenkov

  • 2019-2020: Dr. Kristien Zenkov

  • 2018-2019: Dr. Kristien Zenkov & Dr. Amy Hutchison

  • 2017-2018: Dr. Kristien Zenkov

August 2018 - Present

Editor, Editorial Assistant, Reviewer

School-University Partnerships 

National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS)

 

Teaching

Teaching adult and adolescent learners in multiple roles

May 2019 - Present

Graduate Lecturer

College of Education and Human Development

Elementary, Literacy, and Secondary Education

George Mason University

  • SEED 669: Advanced Methods of Teaching English in the Secondary School (Spring 2021)

  • EDUC 200: Introduction to Education (Summer 2020, Fall 2019)

  • EDUC 300: Introduction to Teaching (Summer 2019)
     

Summer 2018 & Summer 2020

Teaching Assistant

Graduate School of Education

George Mason University

  • EDCI 570 Teaching Young Adult Literature in Multicultural Settings, with Dr. Kristien Zenkov
     

August 2015 - January 2020

English Teacher

Fairfax County Public Schools

  • English 12, Literacy 9-12, Advanced Composition, English 9 Honors, English 11/11 Honors, Writing Center Director

 

August 2018 - June 2019

Internship in Education

Graduate School of Education

George Mason University

  • EDCI 570: Teaching Young Adult Literature in Multicultural Settings, with Dr. Kristien Zenkov (Summer 2019)

  • EDCI 669: Advanced Methods for Teaching English in Secondary Schools, with Dr. Arvinder Johri (Spring 2019)

  • EDCI 569: Methods for Teaching English in Secondary Schools, with Dr. Kristien Zenkov (Fall 2018)

 

Contract Work

Designing & developing professional development and supporting research initiatives 

November 2020 - Present

Instructional Designer
MentorVA 

George Mason University & Virginia Tech University

Funded by the Virginia Department of Education 

November 2020 - Present

Virtual Conference Support

National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) 2021 Conference

November 2018 - November 2019

Assistant to Dr. Seth Parsons, Conference Chair

Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) 2019 Conference
 

May 2019 - August 2019

Research Assistant

Special Education Program

Graduate School of Education

George Mason University

  • Project funded by GMU's College of Education and Human Development Innovation Grant to create professional development focused on teaching students with disabilities for preservice teachers. Supervised by Dr. Sarah Nagro.
     

June 2018 - July 2018

Research Assistant

Secondary Education Program

Graduate School of Education

George Mason University

  • SEED program project funded by GMU's College of Education and Human Development Innovation Grant. Supervised by Dr. Kristien Zenkov.
     

March 2018 - November 2018

Literacy Liaison 

Literacy and Reading Program

Graduate School of Education

George Mason University

  • Produced and edited digital and traditional marketing material for GMU's Literacy & Reading program. Supervised by Dr. Jennifer Hathaway.
     

June 2018 - July 2018

Curriculum Writer

English as a Second Language (ESOL) Curriculum Development 

Fairfax County Public Schools

 

August 2017 - June 2018

Curriculum Writer

Disruptive Pedagogy Blended Learning Curriculum Development 

Fairfax County Public Schools

 

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Presentations

November 2020

Literacy Research Association (LRA)

2020 Annual Conference

Virtual (COVID-19)

  • Boundary-Spanners in Literacy Education, Presentation, Dr. Kristien Zenkov, Dr. Kristy Pytash, & Michelle Lague

 

November 2019

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

2019 Annual Conference

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

  • New English Teachers’ Notions of “Injustice”: A Critical Approach to Educating for Equity, Presentation, Dr. Kristien Zenkov & Michelle Lague

 

November 2019

Literacy Research Association (LRA)

2019 Annual Conference

Tampa, Florida, USA

  • Preservice and Early Career Teachers’ Notions of “Justice”: A Critical, Developmental Approach to Educating for Equity, Presentation, Dr. Kristien Zenkov & Michelle Lague

 

November 2018

Literacy Research Association (LRA)

2018 Annual Conference

Indian Wells, California, USA

  • Reframing Literacy Remediation and ESOL Education as a Service-Learning Experience, Poster, Michelle Lague

  • New Teachers' Notions of "Injustice": A Critical Approach to Educating for Equity, Paper, Dr. Kristien Zenkov & Michelle Lague

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Publications

Zenkov, K., Lague, M., & Azevedo, P. C. (in press). SEED “Seeds,” “Stories of Injustice,” and the equity ideals of our partnerships: A program in formation and pre-/in-service teachers as bridges to equity. School-University Partnerships

 

 Parsons, S. A., Gallagher, M. A., Leggett, A. B., Ives, S. T., & Lague, M. (2020). An Analysis of 15 Journals’ Literacy Content, 2007–2016. Journal of Literacy Research.

https://doi.org/10.1177/1086296X2093955.

Zenkov, K. & Pytash, K., & Lague, M. (under review). A solution to teacher educators’ existential crisis? Critical, project-based clinical experiences. Journal of Teacher Education.

 

Zenkov, K., Taylor, L., Pytash, K., Lague, M., & Ayers, A. (2020). Critical, Project-Based Clinical Experiences: Formalizing the Roles of University- and School-Based Teacher Educators. In Clinically Based Teacher Education in Action: Cases from Professional Development Schools (pp. 198-202). IAP.

 

Zenkov, K., Lague, M., & Azevedo, P. C. (2020). Committing to Equity and Social Justice. SEED “Seeds,” “Stories of Injustice,” and the Ideals of Our Profession: A Program in Formation and Pre-Service Teachers as Bridges to Equity. In Clinically Based Teacher Education in Action: Cases from Professional Development Schools (pp. 249-255). IAP.
 

Zenkov, K., Dippold, R., Jensen, A., & Lague, M. (2018). Critical, Project-Based Clinical Experiences and Youths’ Perspectives on “Exceptional” Teaching. In Clinical Experiences in Teacher Education (pp. 118-136). Routledge.