Assistant Professor in Elementary Education
Bachelor’s Degree: B.A. in Mass Communications, Louisiana State University, 1995
Master’s Degree: M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, University of Houston, 2003
PhD: Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, University of Arkansas, 2010
Phone: 225- 578-6819
Office: 121B Peabody Hall
Dr. Casey has a diverse research and teaching background with major focuses in social studies, literacy, ESL, early childhood, and arts-integration practices. Some of her research is focused on educational practices in Belize. She started her current position at LSU after teaching for five years at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. Before teaching in higher education, she was a bilingual kindergarten and 1st grade teacher in the Houston Independent School District for six years and a kindergarten teacher in Tangipahoa Parish School District for 2 years. She has served as a board member for the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators for two years. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Research in Childhood Education.
Casey, E. (in press). Yu gon wanna play? Play traditions in Belize’s Garifuna culture: An insight into the value of junk-materials. International Play Association, USA.
Casey, E. (in press). Voices of parents: Early childhood education in Belize.. In M. Berson & I. Berson (Eds.), Child advocacy and early childhood education policies in the Caribbean, Vol. 6. Publication scheduled for May 2015.
Casey, E. (Spring 2014). Finding treasures in play. Early Years: Journal of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, 35(2): 27-29.
Casey, E. (2014). Using literacy response activities with early childhood English language learners and immigrant students. In J. Keenwe & G. Onchwari(Eds.), Cross-Cultural considerations in the education of young immigrant learners (pp.50-66). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Casey, E.M. & Brown. D. (2015, Nov.) Investigating teacher efficacy: A study of childhood education candidates’ and mentor teachers’ beliefs about their influence on student learning and behavior. Paper presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) annual convention, Orlando, FL.
Casey, E.M. (2015, Nov.). The parent perspective: Valuing the opinions of parents in early childhood education. Poster presentation at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) annual convention, Orlando, FL.
Casey, E.M. & Brown. D. (2014, Nov.) Using art infused curriculum in early childhood social studies methods courses to be a reflective change agent. Paper presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) annual convention, Washington, D.C.
Casey, E.M. (2013, Nov.). Using culturally relevant pedagogy to build perspective in English as a second language teacher candidates. Paper presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) annual convention, Washington, D.C.
Casey, E.M. (2013, April). Utilizing the arts to scaffold learning for English language learners and all students. Paper presented at the Putting Literacy Center Stage annual convention, Little Rock, AR.
Casey, E.M. & Brown, D. (2012, Nov.). “I’ve been teaching in Belize! What did I learn?” -An analysis of early childhood pre-service teachers’ journal entries and experiences during a community service project in Belize. Poster presentation at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) annual convention, Atlanta, GA.
Casey, E.M. (2012, Nov.). “Should we mention that Peter is an African American?” Using explicit discussion with multicultural literature to improve white preschoolers' racial attitudes.” Paper presentation at the National Association of Early of Young Children (NAEYC) annual convention, Atlanta, GA.
Casey, E. (with M.M. Sulentic-Dowell & S. Wheeler). (2015-2016). Baker City Schools and LSU College of Education Mentoring, Teacher Preparation and Arts Integration Project. Grant awarded from Louisiana Department of Education Teach and Believe Program. $50,000.
Casey, E. (with Hayriye Kayi-Aydar) (2013-2014). “An Investigation of K-12 Teachers' Beliefs about second language (English) listening development and instruction”. Grant awarded from TOEFL Institute, $15,000. Funds from this grant were used for research costs and also to present an ESL Workshop and Symposium on Effective Listening and Speaking Instruction for ELLs on May 3, 2014.