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Juanita Denninghoff

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Education & Social Work

Teacher Education Building, Room 116


Juanita has served as an adjunct professor at both Berry College and Rockford University. She recently came from a teaching position as an instructor at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Prior to that, she served two internships, one at WIDA Early Years and at Purdue University. In addition to teaching various courses, Juanita serves as a field supervisor for elementary teacher candidates. Before higher education, she worked as a school teacher in clinical and non-clinical positions across elementary and secondary settings. Her experiences as an educator and her commitment to equity and inclusion inspire her current research.

Research Interests

Early literacy, culturally responsive instruction, multicultural education, critical pedagogy, and young multilingual learners with disabilities. 


  • EDU 340 Multiculturalism and Culturally Responsive Teaching Through Sheltered Instruction   
  • ELED 369 Writing Methods   
  • SPED 387 IEP Development: Assessment to Implementation 
  • ELED 492 Student Teaching    

Educational Background  

  • Ph.D. in reading, language, and literacy at Concordia University–Chicago   
  • M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction at Arizona State University  
  • Special education licensure and TESOL endorsement at Brigham Young University 
  • B.A. in psychology at Brigham Young University–Hawaii  
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