Office Phone: (540) 432-4955
Main Campus, Harrisonburg
Office Location: CC 211
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.
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
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
Renew, Rekindle, and Rejuvenate Your Love for Words K-3, Rockingham County School, 2014
Renew, Rekindle, and Rejuvenate Your Love for Words 4-8, Rockingham County School, 2014
Renew, Rekindle, and Rejuvenate Your Love for Words 9-12, Rockingham County School, 2014
International Projects Scholarship, Virginia State Reading Association 2014-2015
Reading First Academy, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Virginia, VA, Second Grade Institute Summer 2008
Reading First Academy, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Virginia, VA, Third Grade Institute Summer 2007
Reading First Academy, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Virginia, VA First Grade Institute
Church, Community and Professional Service
Board Member and Recorder for Mennonite Early Childhood Network 2010-2016
Lacey Spring Elementary, 2013
- Workshop- Revisiting Word Study as a Tool to Develop Word Recognition and
Linville-Edom Elementary School, 2011-2012
- Workshop- Providing Small Group Reading Instruction to Meet the Instructional need
of All students.
Eastern Mennonite Elementary School, 2008-2009
- Consultant- helped develop writing curriculum for K-5
- Guest Storyteller for February Reading Month
Shenandoah Valley Reading Council, 1997 to present.
- Treasurer 2000-2002
- Chairperson for Young Author’s Celebration Northern End- 2002 to present.
Certifications and Licenses
Virginia State Post Graduate Professional Teaching License endorsed to teach:
- early primary PK-3
- elementary 3-6
- middle school 6-8
- reading specialist
International Reading Association 1997 to present.
Shenandoah Valley Reading Council, 1997 to present.
Virginia State Reading Association 1997 to present.
New Courses Taught
EDIL 581 Early Literacy for Preschool Teachers
EDLA 592 Differentiated Reading Instruction in Grades 3-8
Developing Vocabulary and Word Knowledge in Grades K-8
- Committee on Teacher Education
- Teacher Education Admissions Committee
- Assessment Committee