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Jacquelyn Sernau

Experience and Interests

Teaching Experience

  • Middle School Language Arts Teacher, 2000-2015
  • Literacy Coach and Reading Specialist , 2015-2021
  • Literacy Instructor for CESA 6 – Residency in Teacher Education (RITE) program, 2017-2021
  • Associate Lecturer- Reading Education, UWSP, 2021

Research Interests

  • Reading Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Best Practices in Literacy Instruction
  • Parent Engagement and how it impacts student learning



  • Academic Advisor, FoRT coordinator, Social/Culture Committee

Professional Memberships

  • International Literacy Association
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association

Presentations and Publications

Presenting at the National K-8 Literacy and Reading Recovery Conference (Lit Con) in Columbus, OH in February 2022.

Fun Facts

Last book you read?

Shifting the Balance by Jan Burkins and Kari Yates

Best advice you ever received?

“Shoot for the moon, and if you miss, you will still land among the stars.”- dad

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

A teacher!

Favorite Quote?

“My mission in life is not not merely survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

One thing about your school that you are most proud of?

We have many new hires in our department this year and we are coordinating our efforts and collaborating to improve our curriculum and working on ways to bring more opportunities for literacy to our students and the community. We are working with the Boys and Girls Club to re-build a literacy lab and hope to continue to expand our partnership.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy the students and the connections that I make.

A piece of advice for students in your school?

Remember your impact!

Jacquelyn Sernau
Associate Lecturer - School of Education
Coordinator - Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT)

460 College of Professional Studies


Reading Specialist License
UW-Stout, 2016

Reading Teacher License
UW-Stout, 2011

M.A. in Education
UW-Stout, 2008

B.A in English
UW-Green Bay, 2000