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Dr. Bernice Sanchez | Associate Professor

Dr. Bernice Sanchez

Associate Professor

"Online instruction is very much like face-to-face instruction: Students must be actively engaged regularly."


Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with emphasis in Reading & Writing – Texas A&M University, 2009
  • M.A. in English Literature – Texas Woman's University, 1998
  • B.A. in English – Texas Woman's University, 1995

Career Highlights:

  • Classroom teacher, elementary and secondary schools
  • Secondary English language arts (grades 6-12)
  • Bilingual/ESL- Spanish (EC-12)
  • Reading specialist (Grades EC-12)
  • Texas A&M International University:
    • Director, Write for TX TEA Grant (2015-present)
    • Director, South Texas Writing Project (2008-present)
    • Coordinator, South Texas Writing Project and Write for TX (TEA) Professional
  • Awards:
    • Texas A&M International University COED Scholar of the Year, 2015
    • Laredo Chamber of Commerce School Bell Teacher Award Spring, 2012
    • Texas A&M International University Educator Golden Apple Award Recipient, 2012
    • Texas A&M International University Honorary Membership PHI KAPPA PHI Induction, 2012
    • Texas A&M University System's Teaching Excellence Award, 2010-2012
    • Texas A&M International University Teacher of the Year, 2010-2011
    • Texas A&M International University Doctoral Student Award, College of Education, 2008

In which online degree programs do you teach?

M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Specialization in Reading

Which classes do you teach online?

Reading EDRD

What do you want students in your courses to learn? What are the learning outcomes or objectives?

  • Develop an understanding of the processes of reading and how students construct meaning from text
  • Develop a repertoire of strategies for developing students' emergent literacy skills applicable across content areas
  • Develop a repertoire of strategies to address the diverse learning and literacy needs of students using a variety of instructional practices and literacy assessment tools
  • Learn to communicate effectively through writing and use writing to facilitate learning by exploring, clarifying and thinking critically about literacy and the application of research–based instructional practices in literacy

When did you start teaching?

Fall 1995 (secondary middle school language arts)

What advice would you give to those considering this online program?

Online instruction is very much like face–to–face instruction: Students must be actively engaged regularly.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the field in which you teach?

Understanding that literacy involves all of the following: reading, writing, communicating, listening and speaking effectively.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.

I'm a certified yoga instructor.

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