Ann Martinelli, Ed.D.

Ann Martinelli Headshot
Associate Teaching Professor, Elementary & Early Childhood Education
Program Chair
Office Phone
Office Location
Cloverly, 101A

Educational Background

Ed. D. Reading Leadership: Widener, 2016
M.Ed. Educational Administration: Temple University, 2001
B. A Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education: Temple University, 1998

Research Interests:

I am passionate about sharing my knowledge regarding the reading process with colleagues and pre-service teachers in the college classroom.  I am also motivated to share educational instruction with fellow educators who desire to move forward with teaching the reading process to learners through advising and counseling sessions. 

I am well versed in offering professional development sessions to support teachers’ knowledge of reading practices. The core area of my research is on the development of the lifelong learner and how we maintain a high level of engagement through the effective use of technology.  

A philosophy that governs my action is that “everyone is capable of learning something ... they need to have an open mind and an open heart to the process.”   I see the most success with this when the teacher-student BOND has been created.  This connection facilitates student engagement with the learning experience and course content. This bond is one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching for me.

I joined the PSU team in fall 2013 and have found a niche in teaching Early Childhood and Literacy courses.  Teaching the courses has presented the opportunity for me to think deeply about how we can engage pre-service teachers in the literacy process.

Selected Publications

 Martinelli, A (2012) Administration of Electronic Portfolios In Off-campus Programs. Montreal, Canada.

Teaching interests and courses taught

Content Area Literacy
Instruction in Early Childhood Education Derived from Developmental Theories  
Child’s Play as an Educative Process

The Education Club

Leadership, service and scholarship are the pillars of the Education Club at Penn State Abington. The Education Club is committed to serving our Community Partnership Schools in Philadelphia and Norristown.

Each semester the Education Club visits McClure, Anne Frank, and McClure Elementary schools to teach lessons and provide donations to support the education of the students. It is a meaningful and authentic task that makes a huge impact on both the PSU pre-service teachers and well as the students from our partnership schools.

Education Club group shot

As a group The Education Club strives to make a difference in the community by living a mission of service.

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