Dr. Deirdre Faughey has been working in the field of education since 2005. Deirdre has been secondary English teacher in both urban and suburban schools, including Oyster Bay High School, where she currently teaches AP Language and Composition, College Essay, and Introduction to Fiction/Introduction to Film, two courses that are part of Stony Brook University’s Accelerated College Education (ACE) program. She also teaches graduate students at local colleges, such as Queens College, SUNY Old Westbury, Hunter College, and Teachers College.
In 2021, Deirdre received the Paul and Kate Farmer English Journal Writing Award for her article, “‘I Got This!: Visual Methods as a Restorative Practice.” In 2020, Deirdre received the Emerging Scholar award and Academic Honors from Queens College, where she completed a Masters in Education Leadership. Deirdre also created and taught an advanced course in the English Education department at Queens College called Embracing Change in the ELA Classroom: Restorative Literacy in Action.
Since returning to the classroom as a teacher in 2017 after earning a doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, Deirdre completed coursework and earned a TESOL license. During this time, she also worked with a team of researchers and educators at the City University of New York (CUNY) Research Foundation to develop a set of instructional methods for the New York State Department of Education (NYSED). This project focused on developing instructional methods that ELA teachers could use to support multilingual students as they work to meet the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards for ELA (video).
In the fall of 2020, Deirdre accepted a position as Executive Board Member of the New York State English Council (NYSEC) and served as the Editor for the English Record, NYSEC’s award winning peer-reviewed journal for the 2021 summer issue.
Deirdre’s writing has been published in the English Journal and she has presented her research at the Literacy Research Association Conference, the National Council for the Teachers of English Conference, the American Education Research Association Conference, the New York State Association of Bilingual Educators Conference, and the New York State English Council Conference. She is currently writing a book entitled Embracing Change in the ELA Classroom: Restorative Literacy in Action, to be published by Teachers College Press in 2023.