Dr. Michele Myers

Assistant Professor

Office: Tribble B208
Email: myersm@wfu.edu
Phone: 336-758-5499

Dr. Michele Myers is an Assistant Professor in Elementary Literacy Education in the Department of Education.

As a holistic, social justice educator, Dr. Myers has a strong commitment to ensure that ALL children received a humanizing education in which their histories, heritages, literacies, languages, cultures, family structures, and communities are recognized as assets for learning. She has a deep passion for affecting change which pushes her work beyond the walls of her university into the schools and communities in which children work, live, and learn. Dr. Myers’ work draws on the rich funds of knowledge that children have as she creates curriculum to support each child’s literacy development. 

Her research focuses on culturally sustaining pedagogy and familial networks of support in children’s literacy development. The goal of her work is to help educators understand the importance of immersing themselves in the lives of children and their families and the importance of shifting their stance from learning about families to a stance in which they learn from and with families, children, and community members to uncover the rich resources and support structures that exist in homes and communities.

Dr. Myers is the president of the Languages and Literacies for All (LLA) organization and serves on the executive board for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).  She owns an educational consulting company, Michele Myers’ Consulting Company, LLC. She is the co-author of the book titled, Revolutionary Love: Creating a Culturally Inclusive Literacy Classroom.  Her most recent publication is a co-authored book with Dr. Linda Mayes titled The Educator’s Guide to Building Child & Family Resilience (forthcoming) Scholastic.

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor in Elementary Literacy Education

Education

BA, Clemson University 1994

MA, Charleston Southern University 1999

Ed.S., University of South Carolina 2003

Ph.D., University of South Carolina 2013

Past Professional Experience

Clinical Associate Professor and MAT Coordinator, University of South Carolina

Elementary School Principal, Rivelon Elementary, Orangeburg, SC

Assistant Principal, Marshall Elementary, Orangeburg, SC

Curriculum Coordinator, Mellichamp Elementary, Orangeburg, SC

District Literacy Coach, South Carolina Department of Education and Orangeburg Con. Dist. 5

Master Teacher, South Carolina Department of Education

First Grade Teacher, Rivelon Elementary, Orangeburg, SC

EDU 101 Global Citizenship and Social Responsibility through Education

EDU 203 A Method & Management Lab

EDU 205A A Devel Lit Comm Skills K-2

EDU 250 Student Teaching: Elementary

EDU 293 A Prof Devlpmt Sem: Elementary

EDU 650L AG Student Teaching Elementary

Myers, M. and Mayes, L. (forthcoming). The Educator’s Guide to Building Child & Family Resilience. Scholastic.

Braden, E., Myers, M., and Compton-Lilly, C. (2023). Culturally relevant, culturally sustaining, and anti-racist practices through an embedded literacy methods course. In S. Harmey, & Bobbie Kabuto (Eds.), Teaching Literacies in Diverse Contexts. UCL Press.

Myers, M. & Pittman, A. (2023). Focus on families: Strategies for developing preservice teachers’ capacity for effective family engagement.  In M. Caspe & R. Hernandez (Eds.), Family and community partnerships: Promising practices for teachers and teacher educators. Information Age Publishing.

Wynter-Hoyte, K., Braden, E., Myers, M., Rodriguez, S., & Thornton, N. (2022). Revolutionary love: Creating a culturally inclusive literacy classroom. Scholastic.

Myers, M. (2021). The radicals shift because it matters: Teaching for equity and justice in PDS partnerships. School-University Partnerships, 14(3), 8-16.

Jeffries, R., McAdoo, T., & Myers, M. (2021). Educating with love in the face of illogical reasoning: A response to challenged democracy. Education in a Democracy, 12(1), 8-15.

Myers, M. and Jenkins, A. (2020). Culturally relevant teaching in a PDS: Talking about race in an early childhood setting. School-University Partnerships, suppl. Special Issue Published: “Equity in Professional Development School Partnerships.” Vol 13, Iss 3, (Fall 2020): 39-52.

Myers, M. and Suber, S. (2020). Children as Informants for kidwatching profiles. In K. F. Whitmore & R. J. Meyer, R. J. (Eds.), Reclaiming literacies as meaning-making: Manifestations of values, identities, relationships, and knowledge. Routledge.

Yoon, H., Myers, M., and Volk, D. (2019). Teaching as emancipatory practice: Professional partnerships enacting culturally relevant work. Urban Education, 55(6), 835-837.

Myers, M. (2023, May). Revolutionary Love: Creating a Culturally Inclusive Literacy Classroom. (Keynote), International Literacy Association Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Event, Delaware State University, DE.

Myers, M. (2023, February). Revolutionary Love: Creating a Culturally Inclusive Literacy Classroom. (Keynote), Palmetto State Literacy Association Conference, Hilton Head, SC.

Myers, M. (2023, January). Revolutionary Love: Creating a Culturally Inclusive Literacy Classroom. (Keynote), Southeastern Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Myers, M. & Compton Lilly, C. (2022, November). Changing Schools, Growing Teachers, Creating Spaces for Equitable Learning: The Systemic Potential of Professional Development Schools. International Conference on Urban Education, Cancun, Mexico.

Braden, E., Myers, M., Rodriguez, S., & Thornton, N. (2022, June). Revolutionary love: Creating a culturally inclusive literacy classroom. (Closing Keynote), NCTE 2022 Homecoming, Louisville, KT.

Myers, M. (2022, June). Revolutionary Love: Creating a Culturally Inclusive Literacy Classroom. (Keynote), St. Louis University. St. Louis, MO.

Wynter-Hoyte, K., Braden, E., Myers, M., Rodriguez, S., & Thornton, N. (2022, June). Revolutionary love: Creating a culturally inclusive literacy classroom. Book Love Foundation. Virtual Conference.

Myers, M. (2020). Radical Shifts Because It Matters: Teaching for Equity and Justice. PDS SERVE Annal Conference, Columbia, SC.

Souto-Manning, M., Volk, D., Vasquez, V., Miller, E., Myers, M. (2020). ECEA Chairs Reflect: What are the Roles of Early Childhood Educators in Creating Critical, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies? Early Childhood Education Assembly (ECEA) Virtual Conference.

Wynter-Hoyte, K. Braden, E., Myers, M. (2020). Countering Anti-blackness through Elementary Instruction. Scholastic Free Webinar.

Myers, M. (2020). Unpacking Our Biases. CAP Online.