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Beth Spinner


Assistant Professor of Education



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(989) 463-7184

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Dr. Beth Spinner is an assistant professor of teacher education. Beth teaches elementary literacy courses as well as secondary English methods at Alma College. Her research focuses on supporting English teachers as they teach reading and writing in meaningful and relevant ways. She serves as the college co-chair for the Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE).

Educational Background:

  • B.A. History, English and Secondary Education, Michigan State University (2009)
  • M.A. Teaching and Curriculum with a focus in Literacy, Michigan State University (2013)
  • Ph.D. English Education, Western Michigan University (2022)

Signature Courses:
Emergent Literacy; Teaching the Struggling Reader; Teaching Reading in Middle and High School.

My Expertise

Literacy and ELA teacher education.

Recent Work and Accomplishments

Spinner, E. (2022). Using Writing to Make Change: Culturally Relevant Writing and Mentor Texts. In T. Hodges (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Writing Instruction Practices for Equitable and Effective Teaching (pp. 63-79). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-6684-3745-2.ch004