Ed.D., 2010, Argosy University
M.S., 2002, Northern Illinois University
M.A., 2001, Olivet Nazarene University
M.A., 1987, Olivet Nazarene University
B.A., 1973, Olivet Nazarene University
A professor for both undergraduate and graduate education courses at Olivet, Dr. Forgrave joined the faculty in 2007. She is the program coordinator of the MLIS (Master of Library Information Specialist) graduate program. She teaches the children's literature and curriculum integration courses in that program. In the undergraduate program, she teaches courses in children's literature and language arts/social studies methods. In the Master of Arts in teaching program, she teaches courses in reading methods and language arts/social studies methods.
Her doctoral dissertation was a study of the relationship of Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Award books on students’ reading motivation in three Illinois rural middle schools. She presented her findings at the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA)’s 2010 conference.
Prior to teaching at Olivet, she was a school media specialist and librarian at the elementary education level as well as a middle school language arts teacher, and literary coach. Her experience spans 34 years in the public schools. She taught for 13 years in the Reddick School District (junior high school); and for 21 years in the Dwight Common School (16 years in middle school and five years as a school library media specialist.)
She is a member of the Illinois Blue Stem Children's Choice Book Award committee; and a former member of the Monarch Children's Choice Book Award Committee. She and her children's literature students create teaching materials for the Monarch and BlueStem books. These materials are posted on the ISLMA.org website for Illinois teachers. They are also developing reading and language arts materials for students at Shepherd Center, Indianapolis, Ind.
Her other professional memberships include: Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA); American Library Association (ALA); Two Rivers Reading Council (currently co-chair of the Membership Committee); Illinois Reading Council; International Reading Association; Kappa Delta Pi; Phi Delta Lambda; Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD); and National Council of Social Studies (NCSS).
In her time away from the classroom and office, Dr. Forgrave serves as an adult Sunday school teacher and a member of the lay leadership council at First Church of the Nazarene, Kankakee. She also enjoys children's literature and encourages students to read by sponsoring book sales. She is also an avid reader and successful at bargain shopping.
She and her husband, Mark, have two adult children living in Brownsburg, Ind. — Jeff and his wife, Sarah, and their two children, Zachary and Aubrey; and Andrea and her husband, Nathaniel Draine.