Susan Sabella

Clinical Assistant Professor, Elementary Education

BS, University of Rhode Island; MEd, Salisbury University

About Susan Sabella

Prior to joining the Elementary Education faculty at Plymouth State University, Susan facilitated learning in public schools for 27 years as a classroom teacher, a reading specialist, and as a K-12 literacy coach. 

At PSU, Susan teaches courses in K-8 language arts and she also coordinates and actively supports clinical experiences. Her action research interests include disciplinary literacy, Universal Design for Learning, and open education pedagogy. Susan is an active member of the Cluster Pedagogy Learning Community (CPLC) and also serves as an Open Education Ambassador for the University System of New Hampshire (USNH).


Sabella, S. (2019, September). Building a Foundation in Disciplinary Literacy: Understanding and Creating Discipline-Specific Texts with K-5 Learners. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 4.0 International License.

Sabella, S. & Hillger, J. (2018, November). Supporting K-6 Digital Media Competencies. Christa McAuliffe Transforming, Teaching, and Technology Conference.

Sweetman, S. & Sabella, S. (2018, April). Reading with a Purpose: Young students learn science and literacy through the Strategic Research Cycle.  Science and Children, v. 55(8).

Sabella, S. (2016, October). “A” is for Animation: Using Animation Production to Deepen Understanding in STEM. MassCue Digital Learning Conference.

Sabella, S. (2016, March). Connecting Next Generation Science Standards and ELA Common Core State Standards. National Science Teachers Association Conference.

Sabella, S. (2015, October). Mission Possible: Technology Integration in the K-2 Classroom. Innovation Powered by Technology Conference.

Sabella, S. (2015, June). 21st Century Literacy Coach: What is in Your Toolkit? International Society for Technology in Education Conference.

Sabella, S. (2014, October). Digital Literacy in Action at the Elementary Level. Innovation Powered by Technology Conference.

Courses Taught

  • Language Arts and Reading
  • Foundations of Teaching and Learning
  • Student Teaching Internship
  • Student Teaching Seminar
  • Teaching in the Content Areas Practicum
  • Foundations of Teaching and Learning Practicum
  • Creating Digital Graphic Novels