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Dena Reams

School of Education

Ed.D., 2011, Nova Southeastern University
Specialist's degree for principal licensure in educational leadership, 2007, Viterbo University
M.A., 1992, Michigan State University
Master’s in Reading Instruction, 2011, Michigan State University EBD at Nova Southeastern University
B.A., 1989, Olivet Nazarene University

 Dr. Reams has been working in the field of education since 1989. She has taught third and fourth grade, first grade, and early childhood children at risk, as well as graduate courses in education at Viterbo University. For 10 years, she worked in the public schools of Janesville, Wis., she served as a reading and writing specialist, a learning support teacher, and later as an assistant principal. Her experience also includes being a Project CRISS district trainer and a Six Traits of Writing Trainer for her district.

Since she joined Olivet’s faculty in 2007, she has taught courses in reading instruction, teaching a diverse population in the regular education classroom, and the history and philosophy of education. Currently, she is also the coordinator of the READ Program for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

As a featured speaker at professional conferences, she has presented at the International Conference on Diversity in Belfast, Ireland; the American Association of Teacher Education on the topic of differentiated instruction and response to intervention; and the Haitian International Studies Association on Autoethnography on the topic of American university student perception on Haitian culture.

Dr. Reams is a member of the International Reading Association, Haitian International Studies Association, and Kappa Delta Pi.

Her interests outside the classroom include reading and exercise.

She and her husband, Brian, share a heart for ministry. They are the parents of two children, Carissa and Chase.



Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.