A native of Memphis, TN, Dr. Matthews engaged in interdisciplinary learning at Western Kentucky University focusing on education pedagogy. She then completed her Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching – Elementary Education at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She later continued her higher education in Reading and Literacy at Austin Peay State University. She has completed her Doctoral Degree at/from Murray State University in English Pedagogy with a concentration in Literacy.
While completing her Master’s and Ed.S, she began her teaching career in the public school system while holding a multitude of leadership positions. At the completion of her doctoral degree program, she became an Assistant Professor at Cumberland University. Research Interests include mentoring novice teachers, non-profits focused on improving the mental health of student and novice teachers, as well as literacy and reading learning through all ages.
In her free time, Ms. Matthews enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband, son, and three miniature dachshunds.