Helen Stuetzel

Adjunct Faculty
Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York

Helen Stuetzel has been an adjunct faculty member since 1987. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and her MS, CAS and Ph.D. from the Department of Reading at SUNY Albany. She also holds certification as a school building and district administrator. She has been an elementary classroom teacher, a remedial reading teacher, a federal programs coordinator, and an elementary principal. Before becoming an elementary principal, she spent time gathering data for her dissertation and running a restaurant. She joined the Ballston Spa Central School District in 1993 as its first Director of Instruction. For eight and one-half years, her responsibilities included the oversight of curriculum development and implementation, K-12; annual reporting and analysis of state and local assessment results; direction of the federal Title grant programs (now known as NCLB); organization of the district’s professional development program; indirect supervision of the special education program; oversight of the instructional staff recruitment and hiring process; supervision of the various task forces created to address the restructuring of the elementary school; and leadership in developing awareness of and competence in implementing the NYS learning standards.

In January of 2002 she was asked to serve as the middle school principal for the remainder of the year. Although she said she never, ever expected to work in a middle school, she found she loved it. She oversaw the programming and operations for 1,100 students and approximately 110 staff members. She has come to believe that the middle school level is second only to that of early childhood with respect to growth and potential, and is delighted that the reading and writing community has also found this level to be ripe with possibility. It is an exciting time for literacy at the middle level, she believes.

Helen’s primary interests include: assessment, program development and evaluation, teacher training and children’s and young adult literature (she owns more books than she has shelves for). She has worked with many school districts on their literacy efforts and continues to offer professional development sessions both in her own district and in the region. She has been a presenter at many local, regional and national conferences. Her dissertation on teachers’ use of basal reader manuals received an award from the Association of American Publishers, School Division. In 2006 she was recognized by the School of Education at the University of Albany with an Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2008, the Capital Area School District Association (CASDA) named her as one of three Principals of the Year. In 2008 she was also presented with a Lifetime Membership Award by the Ballston Spa PTA Council. And in 2009, the Alumni Association of The University at Albany selected her to receive the Bertha Brimmer Education Award. In her spare time she likes to garden and read the books that fall off her shelves.

Dr. Stuetzel teaches the following courses:
ERDG 506: Young Adult Literature
ERDG 600: Practicum in Literacy Teaching & Learning, Birth-6
ERDG 625: Integrating Literacy Instruction, Birth-6