Dr. Natalie Conrad Barnyak -- nconrad@pitt.edu -- Elementary Literacy Education

Dr. Natalie Conrad Barnyak is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Education at UPJ.  She completed her Bachelorís Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1994 and her Masterís Degree in Early Childhood Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1998.  She taught preschool, kindergarten, and elementary grades before completing her Doctorate Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2004.  Within the Elementary Education Program, she teaches an elective early childhood course and literacy methods courses.  She also supervises student teachers. Her research and writing focuses on literacy, early childhood, and parent/family involvement.  In addition, Dr. Natalie Conrad Barnyak was an original member of the UPJ Dance Ensemble and now serves as the advisor.  She is also co-advisor of the Education Club.