Molly Ness, PhD is a reading clinician, teacher educator, and former classroom teacher. Dr. Ness works with elementary and middle school children to assess their areas of strengths, weaknesses, and instructional needs in language and literacy. Since 2006, she has been an associate professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. As a teacher educator, she trains preservice teachers and teaches doctoral courses in language, literacy, and learning. In her work as a literacy coach, she provides professional development on effective literacy instruction to teachers and school districts. Dr. Ness is a nationally recognized author of three books and numerous peer-reviewed articles. Her research focuses on teacher knowledge of language-based reading disorders, reading comprehension, matching books to readers, word study, and teachers’ instructional decisions. She is active with the International Literacy Association and frequently presents her research at national and international literacy organizations and conferences.
Prior to joining Southfield, Dr. Ness was the director of the University of Virginia’s McGuffey Reading Clinic. She began her career in education as a 6th grade classroom teacher in Oakland, with Teach For America. Dr. Ness received her undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University; she earned her doctorate in Reading Education from the University of Virginia in 2006.