Graduate Assistants

Ana Katz

Ana Katz is a doctoral student at the University of Utah in the Department of Educational Psychology, Reading and Literacy. She earned her M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from Brigham Young University and her B.A. in English and American History from the University of California, San Diego. She also works as adjunct faculty at Brigham Young University as a professor in Rhetoric and Composition, has taught Secondary English in West Valley City, Utah, and currently works with a Utah based non-profit on creating anti-racist literacy curriculum for local school districts.

Ashely Silcox

Ashley Silcox is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology, Reading and Literacy. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and her M.Ed. in Reading and Literacy from the University of Utah. She has worked at public, charter, and online schools with students K-6, as well as in school administration, for 8 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, reading, and eating chocolate.

Courtney Richardson

Courtney is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Utah in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology. Prior to moving to Salt Lake City, she earned her B.A. in Sport Management at the University of Michigan and her M.A. in Sport & Performance Psychology at the University of Denver’s School of Professional Psychology. She enjoys skiing, surfing, hiking, etc. Anything active and outdoors!

Laurel Dias

Laurel is a graduate student the Learning Sciences PhD program in the Educational Psychology department. Her research interests focus on mathematics education, equity, and teacher learning and collaboration. Before returning to graduate school, she taught special education in Granite School District. In her free time she loves to go camping and travel.

Meghan Zarnetske

Meghan is a PhD student in the Department of Education, Culture, and Society where her research centers around dismantling power structures in traditional educational spaces as well as leveraging interdisciplinary environmental studies pedagogy toward a hopeful socioecological future. She has spent 15 years teaching science and social studies in a junior high classroom, and has also worked as an instructional coach for 10 years. She has an MS in Applied Environmental Geology, and an MAT in Teaching and Learning. She loves working with pre- and in-service teachers as much as she loves working with teenagers!

Tara Pearce

Tara Pearce is starting her third year in the Reading and Literacy PhD program. After receiving her undergraduate degree in English teaching from BYU, she spent two years as a Teach for America Corps Member in the Greater Boston area. While she was there, she completed her M.Ed in English teaching at Boston University, with an emphasis on diverse literature. Nothing makes her happier than being a book matchmaker, and she loves working with her dog, Beatrice, the school’s reading dog.