Dr. Catherine Elise Barrett graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, where she received a bachelor's of science in middle grades education with concentrations in English, reading, and social studies. She taught middle grades reading and English in Savannah before moving to Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago, she taught middle grades English and reading for four years and all subjects inclusively at the sixth grade level for three years. During this time, she completed a master's of arts in education from St. Xavier University.
Dr. Barrett moved to North Carolina in 1998 and taught fifth grade in Durham. She accepted a position with Durham Technical Community College where she initiated the Teacher Associate program. In 2000, she began a doctoral program at North Carolina State University, and in 2004 when she was ABD, she left the community college to accept a clinical professorship in the Literacy Studies department at UNC Chapel Hill. She completed a doctorate in Education in 2005 from NC State, and in 2007 completed further graduate studies in literacy at UNC Chapel Hill.
Dr. Catherine Elise Barrett served as a clinical professor of literacy studies, middle grades English language arts education, curriculum and assessment, and was the coordinator for the Literacy Studies department until 2011 when she accepted a position at Fayetteville State University as an Assistant Professor of Middle Grades Education in English language arts and social studies.
Dr. Barrett currently teaches methods courses in English language arts, social studies, as well as reading education, research, and digital literacies. Dr. Barrett believes in the power of education and is passionate about teaching. She has immense value, respect, and admiration for teachers and works to provide an extra layer of support to pre-service teachers and her practicing colleagues in the field.