Lesley Mandel Morrow

Lesley Mandel Morrow is a Professor of Literacy at Rutgers University's Graduate School of Education, where she is Chair of the Department of Learning and Teaching. She began her career as a classroom teacher, then became a reading specialist and later received her PhD from Fordham University in New York City. Her area of research deals with early literacy development, and the organization and management of Language Arts Programs. Her research is carried out with children and families from diverse backgrounds.

Dr. Morrow has more than 250 publications that appear as journal articles, book chapters, monographs, and books. She received Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Service Awards from Rutgers University. She was the recipient of the International Reading Association's Outstanding Teacher Educator of Reading Award and Fordham University's Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement. In addition Dr. Morrow has received numerous grants for research from the federal government and has served as a principal research investigator for the Center of English Language Arts, National Reading Research Center, Center for Early Reading Achievement, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Lab. She was an elected member of the Board of Directors of International Reading Association (IRA), an organization of 90,000 educators in 100 countries, and served as President of the organization in 2003-2004. She was elected into the Reading Hall of Fame in 2006.

"I have to admit that when I went to college, you became a teacher or a nurse. Teaching appealed to me more. I love teaching. I love the joy of those who learn, I love the children who still write to me as adults. I love my college students who keep in touch after they have become teachers to tell me how much they appreciate what they learned. I love it when people I don't know write to me to tell me they read my work and were inspired by it. I love it when college students from other universities ask me for interviews and opinions and do reports on my work."