September Faculty Spotlight, Devery Ward

Meet Devery Ward, 

Devery is an Associate Professor of Reading Education in the Department of Reading Education and Special Education. In addition to teaching graduate students, Devery is also the Associate Director of the Anderson Reading Clinic, where she works with both undergraduate and graduate students.

Carrying out its mission, the Anderson Reading Clinic serves over 100 children in Boone and the surrounding area each year. The clinic provides one-on-one tutoring with students in the Reading Program at Appalachian State. Student tutors complete their clinical experience as part of their course requirements at the undergraduate and graduate level. The clinic is the only functioning university-based reading clinic in North Carolina with fall, spring, and summer opportunities for students to work with children in the community. It is the oldest and largest diagnostic and remedial reading services clinic in the state.

In addition to working with students in the Anderson Reading Clinic and teaching Reading Courses, Devery is also our Accelerated Admissions Director for Reading Education. In her role as Director of Accelerated Admissions, Devery is able to see students as they progress from their undergraduate careers into graduate students and beyond. The growth is noticeable and becomes apparent during the students practicum experience in the Anderson Reading Clinic. “As undergraduates, our students learn to implement effective instruction, specific to a student’s needs, in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling.” When students return at the master’s level they are more purposeful. “They are able to think about and implement instruction in a much more rigorous way. Our students leave our program empowered to make important and specific differences in the lives of their own students.”

“Our students leave our program empowered to make important and specific differences in the lives of their own students”

Dr. Morris, Director of the Anderson Reading Clinic and Professor of Reading Education, works directly with Devery in the clinic."Dr. Ward is not only an excellent instructor but also an important role model for our students (undergraduate and graduate).  Her deep knowledge of how to teach reading and her passion for sharing that knowledge with others is a rare combination." Devery’s determination to help students learn and grow while helping children in the community is apparent and her attention to detail is unparalleled.  

Education has always been very important to Devery. She completed her bachelor’s degree in International Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her master’s degree in Reading Education at Appalachian State University, and her doctorate in Special Education at the University of Virginia. She is a first-generation college graduate and feels quality education is something that should be accessible to everyone. While at Hillendale Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland, Devery learned the incredible power of education. “I learned that education gave me choices and options. I learned that education changed the way I felt about myself. I learned that education was powerful.” Becoming a teacher has allowed her to reach students and give them the desire to learn, like she had experienced throughout her own education.

Published: Sep 1, 2016 8:17am