Dr. Reister

Dr. Megan Reister

Associate Professor of Special Education and Early Childhood

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(740) 284-5297

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Dr. Megan Reister—a former hearing itinerant and special education teacher for 8 years in Delaware and Pennsylvania—was responsible for deaf education, transition services, and early intervention services prior to becoming a college professor in North Carolina.

​Dr. Reister—now an Ohio resident—enjoys conducting research, writing, and teaching as a Professor in the Education Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Her primary areas of research include self-advocacy and identity in students with hearing loss; itinerant teaching; and fostering collaboration among parents, general education, and special education teachers. She is passionate about working with preservice teachers to help them be the best advocates they can be for the children they will serve as they fulfill their vocations as teachers. Her other passion lies within her family of husband, Adam, 3 year old daughter, Charlotte, and their two pups.

  • May, 2014 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Doctor of Philosophy – Specialized Education Services
  • June, 2006 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Master of Education – Elementary Education
  • December, 2002 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Bachelor of Science – Education of Persons with Hearing Loss
  • Pennsylvania Elementary K – 6
  • Pennsylvania Hearing Impaired K – 12
  • Delaware Teacher of Deaf and Hard of Hearing K – 12
  • Pennsylvania Special Education PreK-8
  • North Carolina Special Education K-12
  • Ohio Intervention Specialist K-12

Experience

  • Associate Professor of Special Education and Early Childhood – Franciscan University
    • Undergraduate Reading, Early Intervention, and Inclusive Education Courses
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing Support Itinerant Teacher – York and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania
    • Created lesson plans and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), taught students from early intervention to seniors in high school, planned and provided transition services, wrote and implemented IEPs, acted as a liaison between school and parents, assisted in transitioning students from preschool to school age and from elementary to middle/high school levels.
    • Prepared and evaluated student assessment and student work.
    • Provided inclusion support and accommodations
    • Worked in a range of classroom settings from multiple disabilities settings (MDS) to Learning Support to Life Skills Support to regular education (e.g., hearing loss, auditory processing difficulties, learning disabilities, autism, emotional support need, oppositional defiance disorder, quadriplegic).
    • Provided autistic support services to help students develop behavioral, social, and communication skills, life skills for students with dual diagnosis of emotional disturbances in addition to moderate mental retardation, as well as multiple disabilities including moderate to severe mental retardation and physical, motor, sensory, or communication disorders.

Associations

  • Council for Exceptional Children
    • Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness
    • Division for Teacher Education
    • Division for Early Childhood
  • North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children
    • Division for Teacher Education
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • The Association of College Educators-Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Ohio Council for Exceptional Children
  • Outreach Center for Deafness & Blindness Advisory Council Member

Awards

  • Selected as a Rotating Faculty Member to teach in Gaming, Austria Spring 2019
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for contributions to the Gallery of Research, Artistry, and Community Engagement (GRACE) April 2018
  • Nominated for Exemplary Rural Special Education Program Award for American Council on Rural Special Education January 2018
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Education 2014 Graduate Student Research Award recipient March 2014
  • Nominated for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Education 2014 Teaching Assistant Excellence Award February 2014
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition Finalist November 2013
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro Graduate Research and Creativity Expo Professional Programs category winner April 2013
  • Featured speaker, Creating a Legacy for Graduate Education Fellowship Brunch Reception Graduate Research and Creativity Expo, University of North Carolina at Greensboro April 2012
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro Graduate Research and Creativity Expo Professional Programs category winner April 2012

Current Ongoing Service

  • Advisor of Students Serving Moms – Works of Life ministry
  • Advisor of Chiron / Kappa Delta Pi
  • Co-advisor of Student Council for Exceptional Children
  • Education Program Newsletter Editor
  • Teachable Moments Workshop Professional Development Series Coordinator
  • FUS Women’s Ministry Mentor
  • Professional Development & Training Taskforce Member
  • Catholic Leadership & Professional Development for Women Core Team Member
  • Outreach Center for Deafness & Blindness Advisory Council Member

International and National Presentations

  • Kralovic, K. & Reister, M. (2019, April). Big Books: Making an explosive impact. Gallery of Research, Artistry, and Community Engagement (GRACE), Steubenville, OH.
  • Reister, M. (2019, March). Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Deaf education, reception, & understanding. Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia.
  • Reister, M. (2019, March). Soaring to new heights through a unique collaboration of extraordinary science through gizmos! Gaming Faculty Speaker Series, Gaming, Austria.
  • Reister, M. (2018, June). Actively Reading to Learn. Jefferson County Educational Services Center, Steubenville, OH.
  • Reister, M. (2018, June). I³: Identity, Instruction, & Inquiry. Jefferson County Educational Services Center, Steubenville, OH.
  • Reister, M. & Sobeck, E. (2018, April). Preventing challenging behavior. National Resource Center for Paraeducators, Seattle, WA.
  • Reister, M. & Shuster, J. (2018, April). Galactic games: Strategies in a classroom far far away… Gallery of Research, Artistry, and Community Engagement (GRACE), Steubenville, OH.
  • Reister, M. & Greenly, J. M. (2018, March). Extraordinary Science through Gizmos: Elevating STEM for Students with Special Needs through a Unique Collaboration. American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES), Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Reister, M. (2016, November). Can You Hear Me Now? Perceptions of Identity in Students with Hearing Loss. Council for Exceptional Children-Teacher Education Division National Conference, Lexington, KY.
  • Friedman-Narr, R. & Kemmery, M. (2013, May). Voices from the Start: Parent-to-Parent Support for Families with Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children. American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Compton, M.V., Kemmery, M., Appenzeller, M., & Gardiner-Walsh, S. (2013, April). On the Road Again: Itinerant Teachers of Students with Hearing Loss. The Council for Exceptional Children, San Antonio, TX.
  • Jimenez, B., Kemmery, M., & Staples, K. (2013, April). Building Early Numeracy Skills to Gain Greater Access to Grade-Level Curriculum. The Council for Exceptional Children, San Antonio, TX.
  • Compton, M.V., Kemmery, M., Appenzeller, M., & Gardiner-Walsh, S. (2013, February). Tales from the Real World: How Itinerant Teachers are Making Collaboration Work. The Association of College Educators-Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Santa Fe, NM.
  • Takemae, N. & Kemmery, M. (2011, November). Where is the Missing Piece of the Puzzle?: Connecting Researchers and Practitioners for Implementing Teacher Quality Evaluation. Council for Exceptional Children-Teacher Education Division National Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Kemmery, M., Sinclair, K., & Williamson, K. (2011, November). So Much Training, So Little Time: Educating Teachers for the 21st Century. Council for Exceptional Children-Teacher Education Division National Conference, Austin, TX.
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Select Publications
  • Reister, M. (2016). Shifting the paradigm of identity in students who are deaf or hard of hearing in general education. The Ohio Journal of Teacher Education, 30(2).
  • Compton, M. V., Appenzeller, M., Kemmery, M., & Gardiner-Walsh, S. (2015). Itinerant teachers’ perspectives of using collaborative practices in serving students who are deaf or hard of hearing. American Annals of the Deaf, 160, 255-272.
  • Hardin, B. J., Blanchard, S., Kemmery, M. A., Appenzeller, M., & Parker, S. (2014). Family- centered practices and American Sign Language (ASL): Challenges and recommendations. Exceptional Children, 81, 107–123.

More Articles

  • Jimenez, B.A. & Kemmery, M. (2013). Building the early numeracy skills of students with moderate intellectual disability. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 48, 479-490.
  • Jimenez, B. & Kemmery, M. (2013). Story-based lessons for students with severe intellectual disability: Implications for research-to-practice. Education Matters: The Journal of Teaching and Learning 1, (1), 80-96. em.synergiesprairies.ca/index.php/e

Book Chapters

  • Reister, M. (2017). Deaf/hard of hearing students with disabilities. In S. Lenihan (Ed.), Career development and adult life (16-1-16-6). EHDI Learning Center. Retrieved from http://www.infanthearing.org/ebook-educating-children-dhh/index.html
  • Kemmery, M. (2013). Strategies for teaching students with intellectual disability and hearing loss to participate in story-based literacy lessons. In Billingsley, B. S., Brownell, M. T., Israle, M., & Kamman, M. L., A survival guide for new special educators (pp. 315). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
School Faculty Achievements

Special Education Professors Receive $75,000 Research Grant

Two professors in Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Education Department received a $75,000 grant from the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children to create an online module to help educators across the state teach evidence-based behavior management practices.

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