Title: Retired Professor and Reading Specialist
Company: University of Mary Washington
Location: Stafford, Virginia, United States
Nancy D. Guth, PhD, Retired Professor and Reading Specialist at the University of Mary Washington, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in literacy education.
With decades of experience to her credit, Dr. Guth has excelled as a partner with K-12 Literacy Partners since 2017 and a professor of literacy education at George Mason University since 2014. During this time, she was additionally active as a professor and reading specialist at the University of Mary Washington between 2014 and 2023. Prior to these positions, she served as a third grade teacher at Pan American Christian Academy between 1972 and 1973, a reading specialist with Gallup McKinley County Schools between 1981 and 1988, a reading specialist with Prince William County Schools between 1988 and 1991, and a supervisor of literacy, humanities and English language learners for Stafford County Public Schools between 1991 and 2014. Moreover, Dr. Guth formerly worked as a reading specialist for Zuni Public School in New Mexico and a literacy teacher at the International School in São Paulo, Brazil.
To support his professional ambitions, Dr. Guth pursued an education at Calvin University, from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English education in 1972. She concluded her studies at George Mason University in 2001, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy in literacy multicultural education. In addition to these accomplishments, she obtained her certification as a reading specialist. Outside of her formal academic efforts, Dr. Guth was mentored by her parents as well as her 95-year-old aunt, Bette Bosma, who had carved out her own career as a literacy professor.
Beyond her primary responsibilities, Dr. Guth has participated in numerous endeavors outside of her immediate circles. In terms of her civic work, she has contributed to a number of charitable organizations devoted to promoting literacy. Furthermore, she has been affiliated with the Association of College Professors and the International Reading Association. Dr. Guth has found success with her written works as well, having co-authored “Children’s Literature in an Integrated Curriculum: The Authentic Voice” in 2003, “Leading a Successful Reading Program: Administrators and Reading Specialists Working Together to Make It Happen” in 2005 and “Literacy Coaching to Build Adolescent Learning: 5 Pillars of Practice” in 2009.
Dr. Guth attributes her success to the support and encouragement that she received from her husband and family, her passion for literacy, and her ability to understand and listen to others. Among the many highlights of her career, she is incredibly proud of utilizing her skills as a reading specialist with students at high, middle and elementary schools. Looking toward the future, Dr. Guth hopes to continue participating in literacy development while remaining in contact with many of her fellow reading specialists and students.
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