Anna B. Baynum

Anna B. Baynum

Anna Baynum is a licensed K-12 reading specialist and associate professor of Education. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education at Guilford College and earned both her Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees at the University of Virginia. 

Anna’s research interests include fostering language acquisition and increasing language capacity in children from birth to age three, orthographic development, reading ability and disabilities, effective pedagogy, as well as job-embedded professional development.

As a teacher-educator, she teaches courses with an emphasis on literacy assessment and diagnostic procedures, as well as the integration of evidence-based instructional practices in reading across content areas in preschool, elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.

Areas of Expertise

  • Orthography and Word Study instruction
  • Differentiated reading instruction
  • Personal narrative writing: Beginning with drawing pictures and oral rehearsal
  • Student-generated writing using traditional and digital tools
  • Literature-based traditional and technology-assisted personal narrative writing
  • Generating text sets for middle and high school students

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 141: Education in American Society
  • EDUC 377/577: Language Acquisition & Reading I
  • EDUC 378/578: Language Acquisition & Reading II
  • EDUC 380/580: Reading in the Content Areas
  • EDUC 306/506: Methods for Teaching Secondary School Writing
  • EDUC 470/670: Student Teaching


  • Ed.D., University of Virginia
  • M.Ed., University of Virginia
  • B.A., Guilford College

Publications & Articles

  • Baynum, A.B. (2012). Job-embedded Professional Development: Integrating developmental spelling theory into teacher practice. In H. K. Charkhanehsari (Ed.) One Voice International Collection of Scholarly Works, 2, 1-10.
  • Cohen, J.A., & Baynum, A.B. (2012). Expanding Adolescent's Vocabulary Knowledge Through Picture Storybooks. Reading in Virginia, 34, 25-28



  • Turn the Page
  • Community Youth Program
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia
  • Professional development and literacy coaching for local public and independent schools

Research Interests

  • Providing early, continuous, and comprehensive family literacy support as part of standard prenatal and neonatal care.