Dr. Susan J. Chambre

Assistant Professor of Special Education


Susan J. Chambre joined the Marist community after completing her PhD at Fordham University in 2018. She holds an MSEd in Special Education from Hunter College and a Post-Master’s Reading Certificate from Fordham University. Before receiving her PhD, Dr. Chambre taught for over a decade in urban and suburban elementary schools as a special education teacher, teacher-trainer, and literacy coach. A self-proclaimed word geek, her research focuses on the effects of print exposure, specifically decoding, on early readers’ vocabulary learning. With an overarching goal of supporting student of all abilities, Dr. Chambre works to understand the interplay of language, cognition, and vocabulary development to enhance student achievement. Dr. Chambre has presented her research at national conferences and published in Reading & Writing. She also enjoys teaching literacy courses that draw on her expertise of the science of reading, particularly as it relates to students who struggle to read.  Dr. Chambre enjoys supporting Marists’ teacher candidates as they prepare to educate the ever-increasing diverse student populations in today’s public schools.


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