Kathryn Leo-Nyquist
Affiliated with Education, Early Childhood / Elementary Teacher Education, Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, Middle School Teacher Education, Secondary Teacher Education
About Dr. Kathy Leo-Nyquist

I recognized my call to teach in a variety of contexts with a variety of age groups since 1980. I received my B.A. in Psychology and my first Master's degree in Experiential Education and began teaching in alternative high school classrooms in private and public schools. After working in a small rural elementary/middle school in rural Northern California, I directed my own preschool for four years. In 1996, I moved to Vermont, where I completed my Master's in Children's Literature and Reading and received my VT license in Elementary Education with a Reading Specialist endorsement.

I began teaching both Children's Literature and Reading and Language Development at Champlain in 1998, later adding curriculum development and the supervision of student teachers to her teaching. I also taught courses in Champlain's Core Division. In 2009, I completed my doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. My research focused on developing teacher learning communities as models of teacher professional development. In 2012, I began teaching literacy courses in the Master's in Education program. I feel fortunate to have found my home at Champlain College, which has allowed me to share my love of teaching and learning with the teachers of tomorrow.

Areas of Specialization
  • Early Literacy
  • Content Area Literacy
  • Writing across the Curriculum
  • Teacher and Professional Learning Communities
  • Professional Development for Teachers across the Career Continuum
  • Critical Literacies
  • Children's Literature
Professional Associations
  • Executive board and past president of the Vermont Council on Reading
  • National Writing Project Teaching Fellow
  • International Reading Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Vermont Association for Teachers of Young Children
  • National Council of Teacher Educators, Secretary
  • Association for Teacher Educators