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E. Francine Guastello, Ed.D.

Associate Professor & Literacy Coordinator of the Master’s and Advanced Certificate Programs in the Department of Education Specialties at St. John’s University

  • Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Curriculum & Instruction, St. John’s University
  • Professional Diploma, Administration and Supervision, St. John’s University
  • M.S., Reading Specialist N – 12, St. John’s University
  • B.S., Elementary Education N – 6, St. John’s University

E. Francine Guastello’s professional career in teaching spans over 44 years. She was an elementary and junior high teacher for 12 years, an elementary school principal for 16 years, worked as a diagnostician in the St. John’s reading clinic for 15 years, was an adjunct for 8 years teaching graduate and undergraduate classes, and has worked full-time at St. John’s since 1999. Guastello has written 11 programs for her department and one for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She has served as chairperson for eight years and served on various school and university committees over the past 20 years. She has several publications focusing on the practical implementation of effective teaching strategies including her most recent, a book, Growing the Vocabulary of English Language Learners: A Starter Kit for Classroom Teachers, co-authored with Parenti and DiMarco.

Teaching Interests

Guastello’s teaching expertise is in the field of diagnostics and developing effective instructional strategies designed to teach children and adults with learning different needs and disabilities. She has advanced training in multi-sensory language learning.

Research Interests

Developing techniques for teaching various populations of students: ELLs, children and adults with dyslexia and those with mild to severe learning disabilities and disenfranchised women seeking to improve their literacy skills.

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