Shawna joined USF St. Petersburg’s Nelson Poynter Memorial Library in July 2022. As an academic and public librarian, she has worked on projects promoting equitable access and opportunities for literacy and information-seeking. Alongside her library work, as an educational researcher at Florida State University, she collaborated on a number of projects ranging from language and literacy development, to partnering with local school districts to support culturally relevant and evidence-based instruction. Guided by her experiences as a librarian and educational researcher, Shawna is currently working on her dissertation investigating the experiences of school library media specialists during Covid-19. Her personal interests include traveling, reading, crafting, and cuddling with cute animals.
Funari, C., Durtschi, S., Phillips, B., & Conner, C. (2022, April). Exploring Profiles of Teacher Affective Demeanor in Early Elementary Classrooms. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
Ha, C., Durtschi, S., Roehrig, A., Turner, J., Craig, M., Mesa, M., Funari, C., (2021). Promoting Children’s Reading Motivation with Culturally Relevant Reading Education. Florida Journal of Education Research, 59(1), 268-282.
Durtschi, S., Funari, C., Phillips, B.M., & Conner, C.M. (2019, July). Exploring the Variability of a Reading Block in First through Third Grade: Teacher Demeanor, Instructional Environment, and Student Achievement. Spoken Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Toronto, CA.