Skip to content

College of Education

Kirsten Abel

Lecturer, Elementary Education

Office: 101 Gantt Cir Office 418A
Phone: 864-656-5118
Vita: Click Here

Educational Background

Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction
University of North Carolina at Wilmington 2020

M.Ed in Literacy and Language K-12
Framingham State University 2007

B.S. Early Childhood
Westfield State University 1991


Kirsten Abel is a former K-5 classroom teacher, mentor, and literacy coach. Dr. Abel shares her experience working with students and teachers by providing preservice teachers with guidance on classroom management and student engagement using elements of The Responsive Classroom approach.
Her current research emphasis includes newcomer education and designing a culturally relevant, positive classroom environment for all students. Dr. Abel is also a certified Reading Specialist and places a strong emphasis on literacy integration in all content areas.

Courses Taught

EDEL 4880 ELA Methods
EDEL 4010 Elementary Field Experience
EDEL 4820 Capstone Seminar in Elementary Teaching
ED 8480 Teacher Residency Seminar
EDEL 3100 Art in the Elementary School
ED 8250 Cultural Diversity
ED 8990 Classroom-Based Research

Research Interests

Newcomer Education
Classroom Management
Positive/Inclusive Classroom Culture