Lee Ann Townsend

Adjunct Lecturer
(585) 395-2205
Office: Brown Building 210 A


Lee Ann Townsend is a talented and committed educator who has taught in public schools for 39 years and counting, plus at SUNY Brockport since 2014. She has enjoyed many different positions in her public school career spanning 3 different states, including Elementary Teacher, Enrichment Specialist, Elementary Principal, ELA Coordinator, and Literacy Specialist.

She believes all students can learn and grow in their pursuit of literacy, regardless of their background or circumstances. Literacy learning is a life-altering and lifelong process, and it is important to create a supportive and engaging learning environment where students feel safe to take risks and explore their own literacy interests and talents. Quality literacy teaching and learning are anchored in current educational research and respectful of individual student needs and goals.


  • Advanced Studies in Educational Administration, SUNY Brockport, Dec. 2005  
  • Advanced Studies in Literacy Education K-12, Nazareth College, May 2002
  • M.S. Elementary & Early Childhood Education, Nazareth College, May 1997
  • B.S. Elementary Education, University of Texas at Tyler, December 1984

Areas of Specialty

  • Teaching reading and writing to diverse learners
  • Supporting dyslexic and struggling learners’ literacy growth
  • Literacy development across content areas
  • Supporting student and teacher agency and self-efficacy

Courses Taught


  • EDI 432 - Teaching Literacy in the Middle and High School - Part II


  • EDI 532 - Teaching Literacy in the Middle and High School - Part II
  • EDI 634 - Teaching Reading to Children with Diverse Needs
  • EDI 645 - Research in Literacy Education 
  • EDI 727 - Methods and Materials in Literacy Education 5-12
  • EDI 736 - Literacy Seminar
  • EDI 742 - Literacy Policy, Advocacy & Coaching
  • EDI 745 - Adolescent Literacy Internship

Research Interests

  • Determining effective strategies for all struggling readers.
  • Equity and opportunity for all learners.
  • Increasing professional learning opportunities.
  • Family engagement in literacy education.
  • Increasing access to high-quality diverse books and content.

Professional Affiliations 

  • International Literacy Association (ILA)
  • Rochester Area Literacy Council (RALC)
  • New York State Reading Association (NYSRA)

Personal Interests

  • Reading all kinds of books
  • Sailboat racing
  • Traveling
  • Camping and backpacking
  • Landscaping