Cheryl Dozier is a former classroom teacher of kindergarten through eighth grade in urban and suburban classrooms. Cheryl is involved with several grants supporting teacher leadership, graduate level clinically rich experiences, and teacher education networking. Cheryl co-leads a national research study group on literacy lab/reading clinic preparation for the Literacy Research Association (LRA). In 2013 Cheryl was awarded the International Reading Association (IRA) Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award. In 2010 she was recognized for her university level teaching with two awards, the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University at Albany Excellence in Teaching Award. In 1996, Cheryl received the New York State Reading Association’s Reading Educator Award.
Cheryl’s professional development initiatives involve collaborating with school districts as they redesign their literacy instruction. Two of the schools where Cheryl was a literacy coach received the New York State Exemplary Reading Award through the New York State Reading Association. Cheryl’s research and teaching examine relationships among responsive teaching, learners, and families toward creating a more just society. She has shared her research on responsive literacy coaching and teacher preparation at national and international conferences.