Dr. Vanessa (Coe) Cochran

Dr. Vanessa (Coe) Cochran is currently an Assistant Professor with Lindenwood University.  She serves as the Program Chair for the Elementary and Early Childhood Department, Coordinator for the Masters of Arts in Teaching Program, and liaison for the Troops to Teachers Program.  Dr. Cochran received her Doctorate in Educational Studies, with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Louis University in December 2012.

Dr. Cochran began her career in education in 1998, as a third grade teacher Wentzville School District in Wentzville, MO.  She continued teaching with the Wentzville District in grades three, four, and five, along with serving as a reading specialist with the Reading Recovery program for three years.  Along with being a classroom teacher and specialist, she also served on the district’s professional development committee, as a building representative, and later as the co-chair for the district.  She became a district trainer for the 6+1 Trait model and helped provide workshops for teachers in the district K-12.

Dr. Cochran left the Wentzville district in 2008 to pursue her Ph.D. and work as a graduate assistant with Saint Louis University.  As a graduate assistant, she worked in the Honors department as an advisor for the Honors students, assisting with scheduling and planning events for the students throughout the year.  She also taught as an adjunct during this time with the Educational Studies department at Saint Louis University.

In the fall of 2009, Dr. Cochran transferred to the Educational Studies department to become a Literacy coordinator for the Succeeding with Reading program piloted in Jefferson Elementary with the Saint Louis Public Schools.  In January 2010, Ms. Cochran accepted a full-time position with Jefferson Elementary as their Instructional Support Coordinator, working with teachers and students in the pilot school.  Dr. Cochran accepted a full-time position with Lindenwood University as an assistant professor in January 2012.