BS in Special Education, University of South Florida
MA in Reading Education, University of South Florida
Professor Lisa Ciganek joined Southeastern University’s College of Education as an adjunct professor in the spring of 2015 and immediately knew this was the place for her. She joined the faculty as a full-time assistant professor in fall 2015 after working in Pasco County Schools for 16 years. During her teaching career, Professor Ciganek taught at the elementary and high school levels and served as a new teacher mentor, trainer and literacy coach both at the school and at the district levels. Along with her K–12 teaching, Professor Ciganek taught reading education classes at St. Petersburg College and the University of Tampa as an adjunct instructor. One of Professor Ciganek’s favorite professional experiences was creating and leading professional development workshops for teachers in Jamaica for four years.
Working with striving readers in high-poverty and alternative urban schools has fueled Professor Ciganek’s passion for equipping new teachers as they reach every child, every day. She has experienced firsthand how God opens unexpected doors for teachers to influence a student’s eternal destiny. Professor Ciganek wants to empower her students at Southeastern to help the young people in their classrooms realize that reading is the passport to their future.
Professor Ciganek teaches courses such as Children’s Literature; Teaching Reading in the Content Areas; Introduction to Reading; and Diagnosis, Assessment and Evaluation of Reading. Her research interests presently focus on effective strategies for building literacy in adolescent readers who come from backgrounds that place them at risk for academic failure.
Professor Ciganek is also a blogger and loves speaking at conferences and women’s events, particularly to young adult women. She and her husband, Glenn, have been married for over 20 years and have two amazing grown sons and a beautiful daughter-in-law.