Rebecca E. Pennington

Associate Professor of Education
Coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction
edTPA Coordinator for the Department of Education
On faculty since 2002




EdD, Learning and Leadership, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2010

MEd, Covenant College, 2002

BA, Covenant College, 1982


Professional Interests

My primary responsibilities at Covenant are to teach elementary and middle level literacy, social studies, and assessment courses in the Teacher Education Program. I also supervise student teachers, which I love to do because it enables me to see our preservice teachers apply theory to practice and it allows me to work with children.


Before coming to Covenant as an assistant professor in 2002, I taught grades 2-8 and English Language Learners, worked as a curriculum specialist, and served as a lead teacher and advocate for ELL students in South Florida. My professional interests include promoting literacy across the curriculum and developing professional partnerships between colleges and K-12 schools. My research interests include philosophy of Christian education, performance assessment, technology in education, and electronic portfolios.


Personal Interests

I love reading a variety of children's literature and promoting literacy for all students. Children's literature allows us to love our neighbor through enhanced empathy with those who are different. In addition to works for children, I read a variety of genres, including theology, philosophy, poetry, and essays. My hobbies include cake decorating, walking, and enjoying nature in my back yard.


I live with my husband, Tucker, and two daughters, Hannah and Aubrianna, in Flintstone, Georgia, where the beauty of God's creation constantly reminds me of His grace.


Covenant Activities

In addition to teaching courses and student teacher supervision, I advise elementary education students and participate in a number of faculty committees.


Professional Membership

  • American Educational Research Association
  • International Reading Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development


Selected Publications

  • "Reflective Thinking in Elementary Preservice Teacher Portfolios: Can It Be Measured and Taught?" Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 1(1), 2011. Available online.
  • "'Living Through' the Looking Glass: The Legacy of Louise Rosenblatt's Transactional Theory of Reader Response for Christian Language Arts Teachers." Journal of the International Community of Christians in Teacher Education, 1(1), Summer, 2005. Available online.


"The education department at Covenant College has really helped us prepare for teaching careers, and they provide us with many opportunities to work in classrooms along the way. I was able to work with a classroom as early as my freshman year. Being able to go into an elementary school classroom and utilize what we have learned in our classes has been extremely helpful for me to not only learn what I am studying, but also learn how to use it."
 - education major Mark Paczewski '16

"My favorite class so far has definitely been T.I.P.S. (Teaching In a Pluralistic Society)...It was such a hard semester enduring the readings, projects, and papers for that class, but through homework, the lectures, and the challenging discussions, I learned so much about how to be diversity-minded while teaching. Though the class is focused on educating children, the topics that were raised really encouraged me to broaden my worldview and place aside hidden biases within myself. "
 - interdisciplinary studies major Daniel Sluis '16
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