Dr. Peggy Grigorenko
Assistant Professor of Education
Margaret (Peggy) Grigorenko is an Assistant Professor of Education. She specializes in the areas of Special Education, Reading and Literacy. Peggy has taught in public, Christian, and international elementary, middle and high schools. She and her family served for nine years in the country of Nepal, where Peggy taught at an International school, and worked to develop a Special Education program for the country of Nepal. Since returning from Nepal she taught middle and high school at Crossroads Christian Academy in Ellettsville, Indiana, and more recently Special Education at Cedarville Middle and High School in Cedarville, Ohio. She joined the faculty at Cedarville University in 2005.
Margaret received her B.S. in Education from Bowling Green State University (1978), her M.Ed. at Cedarville University (2005), and her Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning with a focus on Language, Literacy and Culture at The Ohio State University (2010). Her husband, Don, is also a professor at Cedarville University. They have four grown children, three of whom are married, and two grandchildren.
In my out-of-work life, I enjoy reading, bicycling (both single and tandem), trekking, international travel and gardening. My husband and I spend every third summer in South Asia doing a study abroad class, and working with a Nepali school, of which we are board members. We regularly join our children in various parts of the country and world, and enjoying a range of outdoor activities together.
My research interests focus on addressing difficulties with learning, especially reading, for diverse students. I seek to address the historic and continuing inequities in educational opportunity that has persisted among students with linguistic/cultural/racial diversity and/or low socio-economic status. My dissertation research focused on a study of how students used literacy activities to form social hierarchies among themselves in grades 3, 4 and 5.