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Lab Director

Jackie Eunjung Relyea, Ph.D.

Jackie Eunjung Relyea, Ph.D. ( is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at the College of Education at North Carolina State University. Her research focus lies in a rigorous, evidence-based literacy intervention model that emphasizes the development of students’ domain-specific content and vocabulary knowledge, informational text reading comprehension, and higher-order thinking skills, particularly for English learners and emergent bilinguals. 

Research Assistants

Katie Peachey, M.Ed.

Katie Peachey

Katie Peachey, M.Ed. ( is a first-year doctoral student in the Literacy and English Language Arts (LELA) program at North Carolina State University. Before starting graduate school, she taught 8th grade and 12th grade English in a small public school in Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and English from Bloomsburg University.  She also obtained her ESL certification and minored in Spanish during her undergraduate studies.  While teaching, Katie also obtained her Master of Education in Literacy from Wilkes University. Katie’s research interests include, English Language Learners in the ELA classroom, writing and grammar instruction, and linguistic diversity.  

Courtney Weathers, B.S.

Courtney Weathers ( obtained her B.S. in Elementary Education from NC State in 2021. She is continuing her education at NC State in the New Literacies and Global Learning program with a concentration in literacy education. She was a research assistant for three years on the Wolfpack WORKS project that provided intensive literacy support to beginning teachers in high-need districts. Courtney’s research interests include critical feminist pedagogy, using children’s literature for social change, and the development of reading comprehension for English Language Learners.


  • Jill Fitzgerald, Ph.D., Professor Emerita/Research Professor, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • James S. Kim, Ed.D., Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Dennis S. Davis, Ph.D., Associate Professor at NC State College of Education
  • Jie Zhang, Ph.D., Associated Professor at University of Houston