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Katie Anderson

Katie Anderson

Katie Anderson

Assistant Professor


College of Education


E.D., Reading and Literacy Leadership, Walden University, 2019
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction with Science Specialist, Black Hills State University, 2010
B.S., Elementary Education, University of South Dakota, 2003


Dr. Katie Anderson teaches evidence-based reading methods courses in the College of Education. She also teaches the education research methods course in the Master of Science in Educational Technology (MSET) Program.

Prior to joining the DSU team, Katie taught middle school reading and science in Rapid City, South Dakota for ten years. She has her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, is Nationally Board Certified and was recognized as the SD State Teacher of the Year in 2013.

Katie earned her doctorate in Reading and Literacy Leadership from Walden University, a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Science Specialist Endorsement through Black Hills State University, and a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education through the University of South Dakota.


Office Location: Kennedy Center
Phone: (605) 256-5177

My passion for education is driven by a desire to ensure an engaging education centered on deeper learning for all students. As a teacher leader I know the impact a teacher has on their students is profound. By focusing our efforts on planning an engaging curriculum centered around inquiry, literacy, and meeting all students’ needs we will have the opportunity to make great changes for learners of all ages.

Anderson's teaching interests include:

  • Literacy: Assessment and Remediation
  • Emergent Literacy
  • Kindergarten Education
  • Evidence Based Reading for K-8
  • Research Methods in Educational Technology
  • Reading and Content Literacy

  • 2022 DSU Team of the Year (College of Education)
  • 2014 Doctorate of Ed Teacher of the Year full scholarship – Walden University
  • 2014 SD NEA Teaching Excellence Award recipient/California Casualty Award
  • 2013 Recipient of Classroom Innovation Grant
  • 2013 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
  • 2012-2013 ESA 7 Regional Teacher of the Year
  • 2012-2013 Rapid City School District Teacher of the Year
  • 2011-2012 Dakota Middle School Teacher of Distinction
  • 2011 American Physiological Society (ASP) Frontiers in Education Fellowship
  • 2010-2011 Dakota Middle School Golden Apple Teacher

  • National Board Certification – 2013
    • Early Adolescent Science
  • LETRS Certification 2022
    • Certificate of Mastery

  • 2018 ECET2 Grant Recipient
  • 2019-20 Grant Recipient for SPDG Survey Research: Teacher Preparation in Reading
  • 2020 Grant Recipient with Online Learning Academy

  •  Anderson, Katie, “Understanding the Differences Between Novice and Experienced Reading Teachers” (2018). Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies. 5968. https://scholarworks.waldenu.edu/dissertations/5968.
  • Anderson, K., Sewell, W., & Munger, J. (2020). Report: Teacher Preparation in Reading in SD Regental Universities. SD Department of Education. Funded through SPDG Grant.
  • Anderson, K., & Crowser, S. (2021). State Adopted Professional Development for Teachers: Five-day Foundational Reading Training for K-8th Grade Teachers. SD Department of Education.

  • Summer 2022: Delivered 3-day K-3 Foundational Reading Training to SD Educators
  • Summer 2022: Delivered 5-day Foundational Reading Train the Trainer to SD Education Leaders
  • Spring 2022: Lunch and Learn Presenter – Reading and Vocabulary Strategies for College Students
  • Fall 2021: Delivered 5-day Foundational Reading Train the Trainer to SD Education Leaders.
  • 2019: DSU STEAM Camp presenter
  • 2017-18: SDCTM Conference Presenter
  • Spring 2017: TIE Conference Presenter
  • 2011: Presented at a National Science Teacher Association Conference in San Francisco on literacy in the science classroom
  • 2010: Presented at South Dakota Science Teacher Conference on literacy in the science classroom