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Jennifer Thoma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 515.271.2599
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311


B.A., Wartburg College; B.A., University of Northern Iowa; M.Ed., Viterbo University; Ph.D., Iowa State University

Honors & Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • International Reading Association (IRA)
  • Literacy Research Association (LRA)
  • National Staff Development Council (NSDC)
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Prior Positions

  • Elementary Instructor, Ankeny Community Schools
  • Elementary Instructor and Supplemental Reading Coach, Des Moines Public Schools
  • K-5 Instructional Coach, Ankeny Community Schools

Teaching, Research & Areas of Expertise

Literacy, Early Childhood, Technology Integration in a Professional Learning Community

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Elementary Reading
  • Literacy Assessment and Instruction II
  • Curriculum in Early Childhood
  • Balanced Literacy
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