Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
About Veronica M. Fife-Demski
Veronica M. Fife-Demski is an Assistant Professor in Elementary Education and is the Professional Development Liaison at Rhoades Elementary School. This past Fall 2017, she was the Director of the Urban Immersion Internship.
Dr. Fife-Demski received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University-Bloomington. She earned her Masters Degree in Literacy, Language, and Culturally Responsive Teaching with an Endorsement in Linguistically Diverse Education from the University of Colorado-Denver. Her Bachelors degree is from Indiana University-Bloomington with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. Her research interests include urban education, multicultural education, culturally responsive teachering, community engagement, and literacy instruction.
Dr. Fife-Demski has nine years of experience teaching at the elementary level as a learning specialist. She taught in a variety of settings: from the south side of Chicago in the Chicago Public Schools to the North Suburban schools outside of Chicago. She also taught in an inner city school on the outskirts of Denver. As a student, she studied through IU’s Global Gateway program and student taught in Scotland. Currently, Dr. Fife-Demski enjoys teaching classes within the Urban Immersion Internship and supervising student teachers at Rhoades Elementary School.
PDS Liaison, Rhoades Elementary School
Ph.D, Curriculum & Instruction; Literacy, Culture & Language Education
Indiana University, Bloomington; 2013
M.A., Reading; Literacy, Language, and Culturally Responsive Teaching; Linguistically Diverse Education
University of Colorado, Denver; 2009
B.A., Elementary Education; Special Education; Indiana University, Bloomington; 2000
Research and Publications
- Stefanski, A. J., Leitze, A., & Fife-Demski, V.M. (in press) Preservice teacher sense-making as they learn to teach reading as seen through computer-mediated discourse. Reading Horizons.
- Fife-Demski, V. M. (2016). Crossing borders with a level of care: An ingredient for white student teachers. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 18(1), 71-83