Sally Simpson

Trine University - Franks School of Education
Professor Emeritus

Meet Sally Simpson

Sally Simpson is a grape teacher! (pun intended)

B.A. history/art Colby College; M.S. reading Northern Illinois University; Ph.D. reading education Florida State University

I joined Trine′s Franks School of Education faculty in 1995 following a career as classroom teacher, district diagnostician, special education teacher, reading specialist and principal in the elementary schools of Glen Ellyn, Ill. For many years I also taught in the graduate program of National–Louis University in Evanston, Ill.

In 1989–90 I took a sabbatical to study and teach at Florida State University. I spent an exciting year teaching elementary reading methods to seniors. The experience fortified my desire to work with upper level students.

I have been a blind reviewer in the areas of children′s literature, phonics, comprehension and other topics for The Reading Teacher, published by the International Reading Association, for five years.

Reading, travel, cooking and knitting are some of my hobbies. One memorable experience was a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. I entered a talent contest dressed as a bunch of grapes and pranced across the stage to the music of "Heard it Through the Grapevine." I won the competition and have a picture that portrays my kicking talents.