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Lynda Fernholz



Prof. Lynda Fernholz, Ph.D., joined the UW-Stevens Point School of Education faculty in fall 2016 and teaches Methods and Materials for Teaching Reading I (EDUC 302), Methods and Materials for Teaching Language Arts (EDUC 310) and is part of the Elementary Methods Block faculty. She serves as the Reading Coordinator for School of Education graduate add-on licenses. Fernholz also has been faculty co-adviser for the Aspiring Educators student organization since the fall 2017 and served for the 2017 and 2018 Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) Conventions.

Additionally, Fernholz is an active member of Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners non-profit organization. She has been involved in several Nicaraguan Literacy Projects and is an active philanthropist for several charitable organizations to promote sustainable literacy practices for all children worldwide. Her research interests include sustainable literacy education and global experiences for pre-service teachers to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners in today’s classrooms.

Fernholz earned her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy in 2014 from Cardinal Stritch University and her master’s degree in reading education and bachelor’s degree in education from Viterbo University. Her previous experiences include teaching at Viterbo University for eight years and at the middle school level for 18 years.
Consequently, in a globalizing world of limited resources and unlimited ingenuity, teachers today play a vital role in preparing children to meet the sustainability challenges of the future. This knowledge fuels Prof. Fernholz’s passion for transforming perspectives about best pedagogies for teaching reading to all children worldwide. Her numerous trips to rural Nicaragua has inspired her current research in transforming perspectives of teachers through study aboard opportunities. Under her leadership, the UW-Stevens Point School of Education is now collaborating with the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partnership (WNP) toward supporting ongoing efforts in teacher training, increasing the supplies of new books and providing increased global experiences for educators. Through this collaboration, the School of Education will offer short-term, study abroad opportunities for UWSP graduate students and pre-service educators to participate in this program. Educators will train and teach in rural Nicaragua, providing pedagogical practices and alternatives that ultimately serve as bridges to global awareness.

Research and Interests

Teaching Experience

  • Associate Professor/Assistant Dean Head of the School of Education, UW-Stevens Point (2016-present)
  • Associate Professor, School of Education, Viterbo University, WI (2008-2016)
  • Adjunct Instructor, School of Education (2006-2008)
  • Classroom Teacher, West Salem Middle School, WI (1992-2008)

Research Interests

  • Transformative Learning for Sustainability in Education for Rural Communities
  • Equitable Teaching & Learning for Diverse Learners and Students Living in Poverty
  • Using PDS Relationships to Enact Equitable Internship Experiences
  • International Study Abroad Opportunities for Pre-Service and In-service Teachers



  • UW Institutional Review Board Committee (2019-present)
  • UW Deans and Directors (2019-present)
  • SOE Harju Center for Equity in Education Committee (2019-present)
  • SOE Personnel Committee (2019-present)
  • SOE Conduct Committee (2019-present)
  • SOE Undergraduate and Graduate Leadership Teams (2019-present)
  • SOE Foundations of Reading Workshop Instructor (2018-present)
  • SOE Aspiring Educators – Faculty Co-Adviser (2017-present)
  • SOE Scholarship Committee (2016-present)


  • Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners Cultural Garden Task Group (2019-present)
  • Midwest Wisconsin Reading Council (2008-present)

Professional Memberships

  • Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Executive Board Member (2020-present)
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association (1998-present)
  • Literacy Research Association (LRA) (2009-present)
  • International Society of Scholarly Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) (2009-present)
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (2015-present)
  • Professional Schools of Development Association (PDS) (2013-present)
  • Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) (2008-present)

Presentations and Publications


Chelberg, K., Fernholz, L., Luke, L., Perock, C., Strike, K., & Zientek, A. (2020).
Wisconsin Educator Rising Curriculum. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Fun Facts

Last book you read?

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Best advice you ever received?

Leaders show up and give 100 percent every day because if you don’t you take away from the efforts of others who want to be successful. It’s the right thing to do, be fully present and serve other people. Pay attention to the good stuff.

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

A famous writer of young adult novels

Favorite Quote?

Everyone can be great because everyone can serve. Service is love made visible – Martin Luther King

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

School of Education faculty and staff will always put our students first because we will care for them for a lifetime. We are proud to be the virtual host of the annual Wisconsin Educators Rising Conference for high school students all around the state of Wisconsin. Additionally, we continue to plan for our Harju Center for Equity in Education, our efforts to level the playing field of all Wisconsin students especially those living in rural districts.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Teaching children how to read is the most important skill we can provide to a child. Preparing pre-service teachers with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to implement research-based best practices in their practicums, student teaching, and in their future classroom fills my bucket!

A piece of advice for students in your school?

Teaching is love made visible. There is nothing more rewarding than being engaged in the lives of other people because it is good work, hard work, noble work.



Lynda Fernholz
Assistant Dean - School of Education
Professor - Literacy
Faculty Co-Adviser - Aspiring Educators
Faculty Adviser - Student Chapter Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas

472 College of Professional Studies


Ph.D. in Language and Literacy
Cardinal Stritch University, 2014

M.A. in Reading
Viterbo Univeristy

B.S. in English
Viterbo University


EDUC 302 - Methods & Materials for Teaching Reading I
EDUC 309 - Methods & Materials for Teaching Reading II
EDUC 310 - Methods & Materials for Teaching Language Arts
EDUC 340/540 - Transforming Perspectives Through Study Abroad
EDUC 398 - Student Teaching