Florida Gulf Coast University Faculty

Dr. Cynthia Dawn Martelli

Associate Professor of Reading

FGCU faculty Dr. Cynthia Martelli

"You will explore research that is relevant to the identification, placement and instructional strategies effective with students with reading difficulties and learning disabilities and with diverse populations in the area of literacy."

Degrees Held:

  • Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Reading – Baylor University, 1997

Career Highlights:

  • 14 years of teaching K-12
  • Founded the annual FGCU COE Literacy Festival
  • State Representative, Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN)

Links to share:

https://www.fgcu.edu/coe/coe-communities/literacy-festival/

In which online degree program do you teach?

M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction, Elementary Education

  • Which classes do you teach online?

    RED 6544: Issues in Comprehension, Cognition & Content Reading
    RED 6656: Instruction for Struggling Readers
    LAE 6616: Trends in Language Arts Instruction

  • What do you want your students to learn in these courses? What's the takeaway?

    You will explore research that is relevant to the identification, placement and instructional strategies effective with students with reading difficulties and learning disabilities and with diverse populations in the area of literacy.

  • Why did you start teaching?

    I teach to share the love of literacy and create lifelong readers in all ages.

  • How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?

    Online learning provides opportunities to connect with others worldwide.

  • What advice would you give to your online students?

    Connect with the instructors and peers in your course. Make sure to create a schedule and manage your time wisely. Online learning requires independence, motivation and responsibility. Reflect on your own personal reasons for participating in the program to stay focused.

  • What is the benefit of a master's degree for teachers?

    The M.Ed. C&I program improves teaching skills. The program helps teachers to make a greater impact on students and achieve their career goals. Advance degrees will offer a higher salary and job stability. The option of administration employment is also available.

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    “In the Middle” by Nancie Atwell

  • Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know:

    I enjoy Calvin and Hobbes comics!

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