Dr. Alyssa May earned her Ed.D. from Rutgers University with her research focused on the interplay of language, culture, curriculum, and literacy development. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology with minors in Sociology and Psychology and her M.A.T. with ESL endorsement from Monmouth University.
Dr. May currently teaches ED-320/550: Teaching Students with Diverse Needs and ED-337/587: Integrated Teaching Methods K-12. She helps students develop an understanding of the complexities of curriculum, examine research-based pedagogical strategies, and build their repertoire of instructional strategies that are workable in today’s classrooms and which address the needs of diverse learners.
Dr. May has been a kindergarten teacher for Red Bank Borough Public Schools for over 10 years. She has served many different roles as a teacher leader in her school district including: curriculum developer, grade level leader, presenter, and PD facilitator. She has presented at several conferences across the state. In 2018, she began an educational consulting business, Together is Better, to support school districts seeking support in curriculum development, collaboration, and effective practices for English Language Learners.
Among her many accomplishments, Dr. May was named teacher of the year for Red Bank Primary School in 2013, a Teacher Who Rocks in 2018, and Exemplary Elementary Educator in 2018 by the NJDOE. She holds Elementary Education, Teacher of English as a Second Language, and Supervisor certifications.