Sara Parrish, Ph.D.

Sara Parrish, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Literacy Studies
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Sara Kersten is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research focuses on children’s literature and early childhood literacy with an emphasis on multiliteracies and multimodality, and has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences. She is also interested in supporting and helping preservice teachers meet the needs of diverse learners through adopting arts-based and multiliteracies practices. Dr. Kersten previously taught elementary school for several years and now teaches classes on early childhood literacy and literacy foundations at the university. Her current research deals with helping preservice teachers challenge long-held beliefs about teaching ELA to young children while utilizing arts-based pedagogies  in their instruction of their future students. Additionally, Dr. Kersten is investigating how preservice teachers’ conceptions about nonfiction influence their understanding and implementation of the Common Core State Standards. 

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Literature for Children and Young Adults, Ohio State University 
  • M.A., Drama, Language, Literacy, Reading, Ohio State University 
  • B.S., Elementary Education, Taylor University