Mary Napoli
Mary Napoli
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Napoli re-appointed to national committee

Mary Napoli, associate professor of literacy education, has been selected to serve a second term on the committee that chooses the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her second three-year term runs through 2015.

The NCTE Poetry Committee, consisting of education scholars from throughout the nation, every two years recommends a living American poet for the award in recognition of their lifelong work. The group also preserves the award winners’ poetry collection, held in the University of Minnesota; recognizes and encourages excellence in children's poetry; and connects teachers and children with poetic publications, programs, and displays.

Napoli holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The Pennsylvania State University. She previously worked at Elizabethtown College and taught kindergarten and first grade in the Pocono Mountain School District. She is the co-author of five books and textbooks.