Dr. Kathleen Brinegar, Program Director of Middle and Secondary Education, joined the education faculty at Northern Vermont University- Johnson in 2010, bringing with her a broad background in research and teaching related to middle and secondary education.
She publishes and presents extensively on topics related to equity and cultural responsiveness, which include studies related to the education of adolescents with marginalized identities, the educational experiences of immigrant and refugee adolescents, curriculum integration in middle schools, adolescent motivation and engagement, and content-area literacy. Throughout her work, she strives to bring student voice and input into the discussion on educational reform.
In addition to her work at NVU- Johnson, Kathleen is co-editor of Middle School Journal, an academic journal sponsored by the Association for Middle Level Education, serves as vice chair of the Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, and is an active member of the Middle Grades Collaborative. She also consults with public middle and high schools on a range of topics related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Kathleen completed her academic studies at the University of Vermont (UVM), beginning with a BA in English and history with a minor in women’s studies. She then completed her master’s degree in Curriculum Instruction, taught in Vermont public schools, and returned to UVM to earn a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy studies. Before coming to with NVU- Johnson, Kathleen taught at UVM and coordinated the Vermont Adolescent Literacy and Learning Initiative.
Kathleen lives with her husband and two children in Jericho. In her free time she enjoys running, practicing yoga, reading young adult literature, and spending as much time in the mountain as she can— usually hiking, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing.