Mary Coakley-Fields

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy


Benziger Hall, Rm 124

Dr. Mary Coakley-Fields is an associate professor in the Department of Literacy and English Education in Manhattanville's School of Education. Dr. Coakley-Fields taught in New York City public and independent schools as a classroom teacher and teacher leader. She then worked at Teachers College, Columbia University as an instructor in the Literacy Specialist and Elementary Inclusive Education programs. She completed her doctoral degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, where her research focused on the intersections of literacy instruction with inclusive teaching practices. She has presented at regional and national conferences, including American Education Research Association (AERA), Literacy Research Association (LRA), and the Annual Ethnography Forum at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published in journals such as The Reading Teacher, Reading Horizons, and The New York Language and Literacy Spectrum. Dr. Coakley-Fields teaches courses focusing on K-12 literacy methods, the Science of Reading, culturally relevant and sustaining pedagogies and teacher education. In addition, she serves as Program Coordinator for the Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy. She oversees the Dyslexia and the Science of Reading Advanced Certificate as well as the Social Emotional Learning and Whole Child Education Advanced Certificate. 

Areas of Interest: Literacy, Critical Literacies, Inclusive Education, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, English Language Learners, Teacher Inquiry, Professional Development Schools (PDS), Ethnography, Narrative Research, Science of Reading (SOR)

Curriculum and Teaching (Literacy Specialization), Ed.D. , Teachers College, Columbia University
Elementary and Early Childhood Education, M.S., City College of New York
English, B.A., Wesleyan University