Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Lindsay Hollingsworth

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Pioneer Spotlight
Dr. Lindsay Hollingsworth
October 31, 2014

Dr. Lindsay Hollingsworth, assistant professor of education, has been in the field of education for 14 years and is beginning her third year at UW-Platteville. She teaches courses in reading, literacy and literature as well as K-4 methods of cognitive development. Prior to coming to UW-Platteville, Hollingsworth taught as an instructor at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. She also taught third and fourth grades in Mesa, Arizona, and English as a Second Language in Verona, Wis.

Hollingsworth earned an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va., in 2013; an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Ariz., in 2005; and a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, in elementary education in 2001. She is certified by the State of Wisconsin to teach elementary education and reading as well as serve English language learners.

Outside of the classroom, Hollingsworth enjoys her work with community literacy. This includes expanding the reach of the Campus Read program from UW-Platteville to area high school students.

What do you enjoy most about teaching education classes?

I enjoy the opportunity to prepare future teachers. In my role as a clinical professor, I coach our students in elementary classrooms and teach methods classes on campus. It is a great privilege to observe our UW-Platteville students develop into skilled teachers.

What impresses you the most about your students?

Our students are kind-hearted and hardworking. They are open to learning research-based methods of instruction to impact student learning. Their energy and excitement inspires me.

How do you impact community literacy?

I serve as the president of the Hidden Valley Reading Council, a local chapter of the Wisconsin State Reading Association. Our chapter provides professional development and support to local teachers. I am also coordinating the Little Free Library Project in Platteville. Presently, there are four libraries installed in Platteville Parks and along trails.

I also lead the Campus Read outreach program. I recruit UW-Platteville students to lead book clubs in area high schools with the Campus Read book.

How did the Campus Read Book Club begin?

The Campus Read committee had a goal of including the surrounding community in reading and discussion of the book. The Campus Read Book Club at the high school level began last spring. I recruited Connie Spyropoulos, a secondary English education major at UW-Platteville, to lead a book club at Platteville High School. The book club was successful and we are excited to do this again.

What are you looking forward to the most about this year's Campus Read Book Club?

I am looking forward to expanding the book club into one to two more area high schools.

What do you want high school and college students to get out of "I Am Malala?"

I hope that they can realize the great privilege they have to have access to education in the United States, a right not afforded to all young people.

I also hope they can recognize the great impact that a single person can have to inspire change.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of UW-Platteville?

I enjoy reading, exercising, camping and traveling. My family enjoys visiting state and national parks and enjoying all that they have to offer.

Interview conducted by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education.
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