DEPARTMENT: Education Dept
POSITION: Assistant Professor
DEPARTMENT: MA in Education, Lancaster
POSITION: Adjunct Faculty
DEPARTMENT: MA in Education, Harrisonburg
POSITION: Assistant Professor
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | CC 211
PHONE: (540) 432-4955
Tracy Hough, assistant professor in teacher education. Tracy earned a BA in liberal studies from University of California, Santa Barbara with teacher credentialing PreK-8 and a M.A. in Education from Eastern Mennonite University and completed her Ed.D. in Reading Education at the Curry School of Education, UVA. Her research interests focus on global literacy and supporting teachers in under resourced schools in Latin America and Africa as a means to improve their reading instruction. She teaches in our graduate and undergraduate programs focusing on literacy. She is also our PK-3 coordinator. Her previous teaching experiences include being a Title I Reading Specialist for grades K through 5 as well as a regular elementary teacher in grades K through 6. She has taught not only in Virginia, but California, Oregon, Nevada, and Rhode Island. Tracy holds professional membership in the International Reading Association and the Shenandoah Valley Reading Council where she is coordinator for the Young Author’s Celebration. She serves as a board member for the United Way and the Nasaruni Academy for Girls.
B.A., University of California , Santa Barbara
M.A., Eastern Mennonite University
EdD., University of Virginia
Hough, T. (2007). George Graham Lecture 2007: Revolutionizing vocabulary instruction, K-12: What does the developmental model tell us? TEMPO Weekly Reader, 10.2, 1-2.
It’s a Mirror, It’s a Window, It’s a Door: Using Quality Multicultural Children’s Literature to Promote Culturally Responsible Children. Virginia State Reading Association Conference 2017, Roanoke, VA.
Developing Early Literacy Skills in a Resource Poor School in Lesotho, Africa. 13th Annual Summer Literacy Institute: Literacy Goes Global, July 21, 2016, Longwood University, Farmville, VA.
Lesotho, Africa: The Land of Unintended Consequences. SPRINGSPIRATION conference, Shenandoah Valley Reading Council, April 15, 2016. Harrisonburg, VA.
Touching Lives of Teachers and Students from Latin America to Africa. Virginia State Reading Association Conference 2016, Norfolk, VA.
It’s a Mirror, It’s a Window, It’s a Door: Finding Quality Multicultural Children’s Literature to Promote Culturally Responsible Children. Shenandoah Regional Spring Conference 2016 for the Virginia Association of School Librarians, Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA.
From the Cradle to the Grave: The Role of Executive Function Skills in Anabaptist Education. Mennonite Education Conference: Mennonite Education: Past, Present and Future: Bluffton University Fall, 2015, Bluffton, Ohio.
“Learning by Doing: Preparing Undergraduate Candidates to Teach Reading through Practicum Experiences” Presenter at the VACTE/ATE-VA Spring Conference, 2015, Roanoke, VA.
“Voices from the Field: Preservice teachers reflect on their practicum experience and development as reading teachers” Co-presenter with Sandy Brownscombe at the VACTE?ATE-VA Spring Conference, 2015, Roanoke, VA.
“Write Like the Character” Presenter at the Virginia State Reading Conference 2011, Roanoke, VA.“The ABC’s of Meaningful Early Literacy Practices” Presenter at the Mennonite Educators Conference 2010 (MEC 2010), February 4-6, 2010 “Fine Tuning Reading Instruction: Coaching Teachers to Become Reflective Practioners,” Presented at the Virginia State Reading Conference Spring 2007, Roanoke, Virginia. “Creating Cultures of Change Through Action Research,” presented an action research project on the concurrent validity of PALS K-3 at the Virginia State Reading Conference, 2005 Crystal City, VA “ Creating a Celebration for Young Authors”, presented to the Virginia Young Writers Committee at the Virginia State Reading Conference, 2005. Crystal City, VA
“ Renew, Rekindle, and Rejuvenate Your Love for Words” Presenter at the Shenandoah Valley Reading Council Fall Conference 2009
“ Keeping Your Child Engaged during Read Alouds.” demonstrated reading and questioning strategies that parents can use while they read to their child to enhance engagement and comprehension of the story. Staunton City Public Schools Title I Parent Night, 2009
“ Connecting Reading and Writing: “I Don’t Want to Write Blues.” shared ideas about how to help students write nonfiction through developing prior knowledge at the Shenandoah Valley Reading Council’s Winter Conference. 2006, Waynesboro, VA.
“ Authentic Assessment: Developing Rubrics.” shared research and guided teachers in writing rubrics to assess student outcomes and add to the current portfolio system. Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary In-Service, 2006. Woodstock, VA
“ Documenting Student Learning: The How’s and Why’s of Portfolios.” Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary In-Service, 2005. Woodstock, VA