Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Rebecca John has an extensive background in PreK-12 teaching, holding positions from elementary to high school in a variety of school environments. She earned her B.A. in Linguistics and Elementary Education from The College of William and Mary, an MS. of Ed in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Old Dominion University. In addition to classroom teaching at public, private, and international schools overseas, she served as the Interim Associate Director of the Office of Clinical Experiences for ODU prior to joining the full-time faculty of Virginia Wesleyan University. Her research interests include refugee and immigrant families and their experiences with the education system and how trauma-informed and culturally sustaining pedagogy can impact students from diverse backgrounds. She has presented at national and international conferences for education and is an active member of several professional organizations such as AERA and NAEYC, serving as a reviewer for both journals and conferences.