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PhD, George Mason University
Assistant Professor
Curriculum and Instruction Projects Coordinator, Region 4 Training and Technical Assistance Center
Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities
Sp Ed: General Curriculum

Contact Information

Send email to Dr. Fontana

Phone: (703) 993-4496
Fax: (703) 993-4497
Email: jfontan1 (

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Krug Hall 213F
4400 University Dr.
MS 1F2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Judith L. Fontanais the Mild Disabilities/Instructional Support Teams Coordinator at T/TAC. Judiths is known for her motto of "All children can learn. It is my responsibility as a teacher to discover how to help each child reach his/her potential." Judith has been a general educator, a reading specialist and a teacher of children with mild to moderate disabilities in self-contained and team classes. Assessment, teacher education as well as Instructional strategies for literacy and content area learning for students in grades K-12 with mild disabilities and ESOL students are areas of interest.  Judith earned a BA in English from Niagara University in NY, a M.Ed. in Reading Education from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY and a Ph.D. in Education from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. In addition to extensive work in private and public school in several states and overseas with the Department of Defense Public Schools, Judith has worked as a consultant for an educational publishing company and as a volunteer coordinating a Reading Is Fundamental program for American elementary students in Okinawa, Japan. She has been a consultant for WETA's Reading Rockets website and has contributed to the LD Online website. Current work efforts include the Multi-sensory Literacy Instruction Pilot Project (MSLIPP) and the "Real Co-Teachers of Virginia". Dr. Fontana is a certified professional developer for Content Enhancement Routines( Strategic Instruction Model, SIM  from KRCL).

Research Interests

  • Assessment practices
  • Reading instruction including the ESOL population
  • Teacher education

Other Information

Virginia State Project

  • Multi-sensory Literacy Instruction Pilot Project MSLIPP)
  • Co-Teaching Initiative (Real Co-Teachers of Virginia)
  • Strategic Instruction Model (SIM)