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Rebecca Pennington

Rebecca Pennington

Professor of Education

Dean of Social Science and Learning Design


On faculty since 2002

Office Hours
By Appointment


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.