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Dr. Sandra Berkowitz joined the day Education faculty in fall, 2003; however, she began teaching in the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education in 1989. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in Early and Middle Childhood from The Ohio State University, and a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has taught grades one-five in Massachusetts, Ohio and Minnesota.

Dr. Berkowitz currently serves as Chair of the Education Department, Elementary Education Program Coordinator, and Coordinator of the Reading Education M.Ed. program at WSU. She teaches courses in literacy education in the day and evening divisions and helps prepare candidates for the Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL) in Foundations of Reading. Dr. Berkowitz serves on the executive board and is past-president of the Massachusetts Association of College and University Reading Educators. She has published and presented in the fields of teaching reading in the content areas, rethinking training for pre-service teachers in literacy instruction, and the contemporary role of the reading specialist and coach.

Dr. Berkowitz’s interests include reading, kayaking, gardening, and attempting to play golf. She has two daughters, one granddaughter and she lives in Amherst with her husband, Eric.