Dr. Andrea Beerwinkle
Dr. Andrea Beerwinkle joins the JSU faculty from Friendswood, Texas, a suburb of Houston. She earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Language and Literacy from Texas A&M University in 2018. She also has an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University and a B.A. in English from Texas A&M University. Dr. Beerwinkle has several years of classroom experience teaching every grade from fifth through twelfth. She has taught in urban, rural, and suburban schools across Texas. She is passionate about providing pre- and in-service teachers with evidence-based instructional strategies to improve decoding and reading comprehension. Her research interests include practice-based professional development and reading comprehension in the content areas. She has presented her research nationally at the American Educational Research Association, Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading annual conferences, and internationally at the European Literacy Network conference. Additionally, her research has been published in top academic journals just as Reading and Writing and Annals of Dyslexia.
When Dr. Beerwinkle is not in the classroom, you can find her running or reading. She loves the half marathon distance (13.1 miles) and hopes the Alabama hills will help make her a stronger runner. As for books, Dr. Beerwinkle loves to listen to police procedural mysteries on her commute and read narrative non-fiction about science or history and quirky fiction such as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy during her down moments.