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Past Winners of the Teacher of the Week

Heidi Anne Mesmer


The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) recognizes Heidi Anne Mesmer, associate professor of School of Education , for innovative and impactful course development and program design in the teaching of reading.

Dr. Mesmer has been a continual innovator in areas of course delivery and improvement. In 2013, she developed EDCI 4264: Introduction to Literacy Instruction, a clinical class taught in area elementary schools. Through a focused tutoring component, the course simultaneously educates university students about the teaching of reading while improving outcomes for struggling readers in local schools. The course is characterized by on-site supervision, regular, detailed feedback to students and modeling of techniques and strategies.

Through a 2015 TLOS grant, Dr. Mesmer developed a hybrid delivery model for practicing teachers to attain their Reading Specialist Master's degree using a mixture of online and face-to-face courses. Targeting K-12 teachers in remote, rural districts, the program made possible the attainment of advanced degrees in areas that are often forgotten.

"Thank you for all of your time and hard work leading the Reading Specialist Cohort. I am proud to be a part of this group with you as our leader. Your experiences, knowledge, and kindness make learning interesting and fun." – 2016 Reading Specialist student.

"The decision to take this class during my senior year prior to my acceptance into graduate school was one of the best decisions I could have made more myself. . .Never before had I been offered the unique opportunity to take a clinical course and exhibit my knowledge and skills in a practical setting. During graduate school interviews, I have talked about my experiences during tutoring, challenges I have overcome, and the vast amount of clinical and contextual information I have taken away from this class." 2015 EDCI 4264 Student

In addition to course development, Dr. Mesmer has directed several professional development grants for K-12 teachers, written three books, and is regularly called upon as a consultant locally regionally and nationally.


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