Christina T. Dearman, Ph.D. serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, and Coordinator of Future Teacher Pathways for the College of Education. Previously she taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels as an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.
With over 25 years in education, Dearman has taught in various capacities at the Pre-K through secondary level, serving as a reading specialist at title schools, an honors level ELAR teacher, and a Gifted and Talented Specialist. She has also run school wide and Saturday enrichment programs and served as Curriculum Director for UNT's Texas Governor's School. Dearman currently serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and sits on the Texas Academy of Math and Science Advisory Board.
Dearman’s main area of research interest centers on meeting the needs of diverse advanced academic learners.
Alexandra G. Leavell, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Language and Literacy Studies Program in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. She holds a PhD in Reading and Learning Disabilities from the University of Miami (FL). Dr. Leavell joined the faculty of UNT in 1992. Her professional and research interests include making learning accessible for all learners through increased literacy skills, and helping teacher candidates understand and develop academic identity and disciplinary literacy skills in themselves and their future students.