Dawn Martelli Profile

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Martelli, Dawn (Ed.D.)

Program Coordinator/Associate Professor
College of Education Programs

Literacy | Children's Literature

Cynthia Dawn Martelli is an associate professor of Reading in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Culture at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is the program coordinator for C&I M.Ed. and for the Teacher Immersion Program (TIP). Dr. Martelli taught more than 14 years of English Language Arts in both elementary and middle school classrooms. Her research focuses around crucial issues surrounding the position of children’s and young adult literature in teacher preparation programs. Dr. Martelli founded the annual FGCU COE Literacy Festival that connects over children’s and young adult authors with over 2,000 students from Title I schools. Each student receives a free book from one of the participating authors.

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