Brita Beitler, M.A.
Instructor in Education
On Faculty since 2021
Indiana University Bloomington
Ed.D. Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
M.A. Educational Research: Literacy, Language, and Culture
B.A. Elementary Education and Teaching
Brita Beitler has taught in the Wheaton College Department of Education as a guest instructor since 2015. From 2009-2013, Brita lived in Barrington, Rhode Island, where she worked as a middle school Literacy Coach/Specialist (grades 4-8), and also served on the Rhode Island State Literacy Team. Prior to that, she worked as a classroom elementary and middle school language arts/reading teacher in both Taylor and Ypsilanti, Michigan (2004-2009), where she earned the Teacher of the Year award (2008), and also served on a variety of teaching and consulting panels, including the NAEP Reading Framework (ETS/Princeton, 2008-2011), as well as her school's ELA Curriculum Coordinator and as a consultant on the University Musical Society's teacher advisory committee (The University of Michigan).
She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education, with a concentration in English Literature from Wheaton College in 2004, and her M.A. in Educational Studies: Literacy, Language, and Culture from The University of Michigan in 2009. She is currently working toward her Ed.D. at Indiana University-Bloomington in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education, a division of the Education Department in Curriculum & Instruction. Her research is currently focusing on visual literacies, cross-cultural empathy, and racial reconciliation in elementary Language Arts pedagogy.
Brita lives in Wheaton, with her husband, two boys, and dog. She enjoys worship at All Souls Anglican Church, where she leads a house group and volunteers in children’s worship and church-year celebrations, and volunteering in her children’s school.