Dr. Laurie A. Ramirez is Associate Professor in the Middle Grades Education program in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and serves as the Undergraduate Program Director. Prior to coming to Appalachian State, she taught middle school Spanish, English language arts, world languages, and English as a second language for over ten years in Salt Lake City, Utah. During that time, she earned a Masters' degree in Linguistics and a doctorate in Teaching and Learning, both from the University of Utah. At Appalachian, Laurie teaches several education courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels including courses which emphasize young adolescent development, advocacy for individuals from diverse backgrounds, and critically reflective/culturally responsive teaching practices. Her research interests include middle level teacher preparation, critical reflection on issues of diversity in education, self-study of teacher education practices, and narrative inquiry. She has published and presented at the state, national, and international level, with representative articles recently appearing in the North Carolina Middle School Journal, Teacher Education Quarterly, and Studying Teacher Education. Laurie also provides service to university, state, national and international organizations - as advisor of the Collegiate Middle Level Association at Appalachian, as the Secretary of the North Carolina Professors of Middle Level Education organization, and as a Council Member of the Middle Level Research group of the American Educational Research Association.
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Middle Grades Program
Email address: Email me
Phone: (828) 262-8008
Fax: (828) 262-2686
Office address412F College of Education
Boone, NC 28608-2037