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Carol McLeish, Ed.D

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    Carol McLeish, Ed.D

    Assistant Professor Carol McLeish received her Bachelor of Science in Design from the University of Cincinnati, Master of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida, and Doctorate in Reading Education from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. McLeish began teaching in 1987 at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa, while employed as a computer patternmaker in the local garment industry. From 1998-2004, she taught sixth grade language arts, reading, and geography in Hillsborough County public schools. In August of 2004, she began teaching an internship seminar course at Saint Leo University as an adjunct instructor, while also supervising interns in field experiences. In 2005, she became the Internship Administrator for the undergraduate Education Department, a position she has held since. She works closely with the administrations of seven nearby school districts to make field placements for education undergraduates from the University Campus and the College of Continuing Education.

    Dr. McLeish teaches a variety of courses for the Elementary and Middle Grades Education programs, with a primary focus on language arts, social studies, and the seminar courses that accompany the internships. Dr. McLeish is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the International Literacy Association, the Florida Association of Teacher Educators, the Florida Council for the Social Studies, the National Council for the Social Studies, and Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. She serves as the Counselor for Saint Leo University's Kappa Delta Pi student chapter. Her research interests include the impact of reading coaching on reading achievement, mentoring developing teachers, the impact of poverty on student academic success, and the use of avatars in pre-service education.


    • B.S. Design, University of Cincinnati
    • M.A. Elementary Education, University of South Florida
    • Ed.D. Reading Education, Nova Southeastern University

    Courses Taught

    • EDU 317 Art in the Elementary Classroom
    • EDU 318 Music in the Elementary Classroom
    • EDU 320/321 Practicum I and Seminar: Reflection
    • EDU 332 Language Arts in the Elementary Classroom
    • EDU 339 Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom
    • EDU 344/345 Practicum I and Seminar: Middle Grades
    • EDU 360/361 Practicum II and Seminar: Planning
    • EDU 425 Classroom Management
    • EDU 428 Education History and Governance
    • EDU 454 Middle School Social Studies
    • EDU 480/481 Final Internship and Senior Seminar: Synthesis