Faculty & Staff: Kimiko Ott

Kimiko Ott

Assistant Professor
Phone: 715-346-2344
Office: CPS 455


  • EDUC 205: Pluralism for Educators
  • EDUC 310: Methods and Materials for Teaching Elementary Language Arts
  • EDUC 747: Supported Literacy


Kimiko Ott has taught in the UW-Stevens Point School of Education since 2013. Presently, she instructs aspiring educators on topics related to culturally responsive teaching, elementary language arts methods, and supported literacy practices. She brings to the position previous teaching experience in elementary beginning block methods at a liberal arts college in the midwest, as an adjunct instructor in reading education at UW-Oshkosh, and as a guest lecturer on educational leadership topics.   

Prior to teaching at UWSP, Professor Ott was an educator in the public schools. Most recently, she was the director of equity and student achievement for the Madison Metropolitan School District, and the executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Milwaukee Public School District. Her school-based experiences include six years as an elementary principal, and 15 years as a first grade classroom teacher, primary multi-age teacher, reading specialist, and gifted/talented resource teacher. She has WI DPI licensure as a professional educator in elementary education, reading education, mathematics, K-12 principal, and director of instruction. 


  • Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison (degree conferred May, 2012)
    • Dissertation: "The Role of Curriculum Directors in Wisconsin Public Schools:  Factors that Advance Teaching and Learning"
  • M.S. Reading Education, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1992)
  • B.S. Education and Human Services, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1984)

Research Interests

  • Urban Education
  • Reading/Writing Workshop
  • Integrating Literacy and Language Arts Across the Content Areas
  • Educational Leadership: Educator Effectiveness and School Improvement


  • Ott, K. (2012). The Role of Curriculum Directors in Wisconsin Public Schools: Factors That Advance Teaching and Learning, ProQuest LLC (2012), UMI 3508096.
  • Ott, K. (1992). Another Dimension of Reading Education: Economic Literacy, WSRA Journal: Volume 36, #2 (Spring).

Professional Memberships

  • International Reading Association
  • National Staff Development Council
  • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association
  • Wisconsin Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development

Peer Reviewed Presentation

  • Ott, K. (2014). The Role of Curriculum Directors in Wisconsin Public Schools: Factors That Advance Teaching and Learning. Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education (HICE), Honolulu, Hawaii.

Awards and Service

Professor Ott is co-adviser for the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) student organization on campus, and also serves as a member of the Portage County United Way Student Achievement Committee. Her areas of service and consulting include curriculum development, reading/writing workshops, content-area literacy, educator effectiveness, family involvement, and school improvement strategies.   

While working in the public schools, Professor Ott was featured as an elementary school principal in the Wisconsin Public Television Magazine Program, "In Wisconsin." for a documentary segment on effective programming for English Language Learners, "Danz Elementary School's Two-Way Dual Immersion Program." Content area literacy strategies from her first grade classroom were featured in a segment for the WI Educational Telecommunications publication, Teaching Early Literacy: Thematic Teaching in the Content Areas. She is a past recipient of the Wisconsin Economic Education Council’s Wisconsin Teacher-of-the-Year Award for Excellence in Economic Education.