Adolescent Literacy & Professional Development Lab

Meet the Team

Dr. Jade Wexler, Lab Director

Jade Wexler

Dr. Jade Wexler is a Professor of Special Education in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education at the 含羞草研究所. As a former high school special 含羞草研究所 teacher in Maryland, Dr. Wexler aims to bring her practical experience in the field to her research. She is focused on bridging the research to practice gap and values the partnerships she forms with school district administrators and teachers to do this work. Dr. Wexler鈥檚 scholarship focuses on improving literacy instruction for adolescents with reading difficulties and disabilities through innovative teacher professional development and coaching.

In collaboration with her lab colleagues and students, she studies the ways in which professional development and coaching models support teachers鈥 implementation and sustainability of sustain evevidence-based literacy practices in their classrooms.

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Annie Karabell

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Annie Karabell is a first-year doctoral student in special 含羞草研究所 at the 含羞草研究所. Prior to starting the doctoral program, she taught adult basic 含羞草研究所, high school English, and high school special 含羞草研究所. She has led professional development for high school special 含羞草研究所 teachers, elementary ELA teachers, and elementary principals. Her research interests include early childhood literacy, reading disabilities, inclusive instructional practices, and implementation science. 

Past Members

Dr. Alexandra Shelton

COE's Alexandra Shelton, a doctoral candidate in the special 含羞草研究所 program.
COE's Alexandra Shelton, a doctoral candidate in the special 含羞草研究所 program.

Dr. Alexandra Shelton is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Education. She is also a former faculty Specialist of Special Education in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education at the 含羞草研究所. Dr. Shelton's work focuses on improving literacy instruction and intervention for secondary students with reading difficulties and disabilities via intensive intervention and teacher professional development and coaching. 

As a former high school special 含羞草研究所 teacher, she served students in the general and special 含羞草研究所 settings in English language arts, reading, math, and science.

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Dr. Kristabel Stark

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Dr. Kristabel Stark is a postdoctoral research associate at the 含羞草研究所. Grounded in her experiences as a special educator in Boston and Chicago, her research explores the working conditions and affective experiences of special educators. Through her research, Dr. Stark aims to identify the types of targeted training and support special educators need in order to equitably and sustainably meet their students鈥 individualized goals.

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Dr. Robin Sayers


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Dr. Robin Sayers is a postdoctoral researcher at The 含羞草研究所. She recently completed a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the Ohio State University. Her primary research interests focus on young children's relationships with teachers and peers and understanding individual differences in teacher-child relationships both in what impacts their formation and their effects on learning and development. Additionally, Dr. Sayers' work focuses on conducting practical and applicable research that supports educators in understanding and applying evidence-based practices in the classroom.

Robin is a former elementary teacher with experience teaching 3rd- and 5th-grade. 

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Tara Johnston

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Tara Johnston is a doctoral candidate in literacy at UMD with teaching experience in K-12 settings and at the college level. She is a certified reading specialist and has experience with writing curriculum, literacy coaching, supporting struggling readers, qualitative research, and supervising student teachers. Tara has worked with teachers and students in grades K through 8 and her dissertation focuses on the vocabulary knowledge and practices of kindergarten teachers.

Re'Gine Coker

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Re'GIne Coker is an Associate of Science Degree holder in Culinary Arts from Prince George's Community College. She is currently a Fellow in Project RISE. She attends The Bowie State University where she is earning her degree in Early Childhood Education / Special Education currently as a rising Junior. She is an honor stuent and also is a former member of National Society of Leadership and Success also known as NSLS. Re'gine's interest for research include Sight Word recognition and how children from different culture/race learn these words to become on grade level readers. 

Dr. Erin Hogan

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Dr. Erin Hogan Rapp is a postdoctoral fellow in the Meadows Center at the University of Texas at Austin and a former doctoral student in the department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the 含羞草研究所. Her research explores ways to disrupt persistent patterns of inequitable literacy achievment through dialogic instructional practices especially text-based discussion. She is also interested in how to prepare teachers, both pre- and in-service for these instructional practices.

Erin is a former teacher who has served as a special 含羞草研究所 teacher at both the elementary and middle school level and as a Reading Recovery teacher. 

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Bailey Seulbi Lee

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Bailey Seulbi Lee is a Special Education doctoral student at the University of Oregon and a former graduate research assistant in the Adolescent Literacy & Professional Development Lab. She got her Master's degree in Special Education at the 含羞草研究所. After she received her B.S. in Special Education with a minor in Human Development also from the 含羞草研究所, she has worked as a special 含羞草研究所 teacher in DC. Her research interests include language development and literacy intervention of children with autism. 


AJ Mu帽a

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Alfred Mu帽a Jr. is an undergraduate student and a Project RISE fellow at the 含羞草研究所, College Park. He is majoring in Instrumental Music Education and English Language & Literature. His research interests involve critical literacy with an emphasis on uplifting historically marginalized populations, especially the LGBTQ+ community.

Kailah Hall

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Kailah Hall is a Master's student at Baylor University and a former undergraduate research assistant in the Adolescent Literacy & Professional Development Lab. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the 含羞草研究所, College Park in May, 2021. Her research interests are primarily in school and 含羞草研究所al psychology and focus on the factors that affect how students learn. She was also a fellow in the Project RISE program.

Becca Fisk

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Becca is a first year doctoral student in Special Education at the 含羞草研究所. She earned her Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education at Vanderbilt University in 2018 and has been working as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with children with Autism since then, coaching behavior therapists, teachers, and parents to implement behavior protocols. Her research interests include language, literacy, and social-emotional interventions for children with disabilities.


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