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Amber Garbe


Amber taught in the Stevens Point Area Public School District for 10 years in a variety of roles, classroom teacher, ELL Teacher, Reading Teacher and Reading Coach. She is dedicated to creating systems that support all students, she worked as the Literacy Coordinator for the Mosinee School District for five years. 

Experience and Interests

Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Professor/Reading Director, UW-Stevens Point (2019-present)
  • Literacy Coordinator, Mosinee School District (2014-2019)
  • Elementary Teacher, ELL Teacher, Reading Teacher & Reading Coach, Stevens Point Area Public School District (2004-2014)


  • Reading Teacher
  • Reading Specialist
  • English Language Learner Teacher



  • Co-Adviser for the Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC)
  • Member, UW System Foundations of Reading Test Committee/Working Group
  • Faculty Presenter, UWSP ViewPoint Days


  • Central Wisconsin Reading Council, Leadership Team (2010-present)
  • Isaac Walton Book Buy Coordinator (2012-present)
  • Co-Founder, Book Cycle, Summer Mobile Library

Professional Memberships

  • Wisconsin State Reading Association
  • Wisconsin Professors of Literacy for Equity
  • International Reading Association
  • American Educational Research Association

Presentations and Publications


Garbe, A., Ogurlu, U., Logan, N., & Cook, P. (2020). Parents’ Experiences with Remote Education during COVID-19 School Closures. American Journal of Qualitative Research, 4(3), 45-65.

Fun Facts

Last book you read?

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Best advice you ever received?

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you deal with it.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?


Favorite Quote?

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” Kate DiCamillo

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I joined the UWSP faculty team in hopes of empowering beginning teachers to be knowledgeable, confident teachers of literacy. In turn, it is I that feel empowered by my students’ passion, energy, and dedication for teaching and serving students. With each cohort of graduates, I marvel at the talent and feel an overwhelming amount of excitement. The future looks bright because of the passionate educators that are joining the teaching profession!

A piece of advice for students in your school?

UWSP is a phenomenal place to come to kindle your passion for teaching and grow your knowledge of instructional strategies that align with research-based, best-practice. The School of Education faculty embrace a hearts-on, minds-on philosophy of engaging our students. You will not just be a number at UWSP. Come join the UWSP family! Make sure to join a student organization and take advantage of the many opportunities to connect with students in our K-12 partnering schools prior to your practicum and student teaching experiences.

Amber Garbe
Assistant Professor - Education
Literacy Coordinator
Reading Methods & Elementary Social Studies Methods

462 College of Professional Studies


Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
Edgewood College

M.S. in Education
UW-Stevens Point, 2008

B.S. in Education
UW-Stevens Point, 2004


EDUC 309 - Methods/Materials for Teaching Reading II
EDUC 310 - Materials/Methods for Teaching Language Arts
EDUC 386 - Literacy in the Secondary School
EDUC 715 - Application and Analysis of Reading Instruction
EDUC 718 - Core Components of Teaching Reading