East, Jill

Assistant Professor of Education




(561) 803-2352


The School of Education and Behavioral Studies

Dr. East has a dedication to public education. Her professional career includes more than twenty-six years of practicum experience in teaching on the elementary through collegiate levels, as well as in curriculum development. She served as a classroom teacher, an interventionist, literacy coach, curriculum writer, and a district instructional specialist. Her certifications include teaching in early childhood education, elementary education, K-12 reading, and ESOL. Most of her educational experiences include dual language schools with students from linguistically – diverse backgrounds. Her research focuses on primary writing, accountable talk, literacy engagement, and literacy for diverse language learners. Additionally, she co-authored an article in The Journal of Research in Child Education and is a presenter at major educational conferences. Dr. East is married to Daniel. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, and traveling.


B.S., M.S., Gwynedd Mercy College; Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University.

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