Prior to joining West Chester University faculty in 2004, Dr. Heather Leaman spent eleven years teaching sixth grade in a Pennsylvania public school. Her research interests include teacher research, teacher professional development and social studies education in grades K–8. At West Chester University Dr. Leaman typically teaches social studies methods courses in the undergraduate and post–baccalaureate certification programs. She also teaches The Reflective Teacher, and Teacher as Classroom Researcher in the M.Ed. in Applied Studies in Teaching and Learning program.