Dr. Renee Funke

Dr. Renee Funke
Joined JCC
Social Sciences & Business
Primary Campus
223 HULT or 317 LLAC
Phone Number
Director, Teacher Education; Coordinator, Teacher Education Field Placement Sites; Associate Professor

I have had experience working with grades PreK-12 students and teachers as a classroom teacher and professional developer. I received my B.S. and M.S. degrees from SUNY Fredonia in elementary education and reading, and have a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) from Buffalo State College. I have New York State certifications for grades PreK-6 and 7-12 in English, reading, and building level (SAS), as well as District Level Administration (SDA). I am also eligible for a students with disabilities certification. I earned my Ph.D. in special education at Northcentral University as an online learner. 

The majority of my classroom teaching experience has been with middle school and high school students. I taught alternative education for 16-21 year-olds who dropped out or were expelled from school. Many of these students came in lacking the appropriate reading skills for their age level. A lot of instruction was based in reading across all content areas to improve skills and knowledge in order to develop successful students. As a professional developer, I worked with classroom teachers, reading teachers, and building administrators to improve reading programs in many school districts across Western New York.

I spend my time on both the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses. When on the Jamestown Campus, I am in Hultquist 223. When on the Cattaraugus County Campus, I am in LLAC 217.

Degree Field of Study Institution
Ph.D. Special Education Northcentral University
C.A.S. Educational Leadership State University of New York College at Buffalo
M.S. Education State University of New York at Fredonia
B.S. Education State University of New York at Fredonia
Courses Taught
EDU 1510: Foundations of Education
EDU 2010: Education Internship
EDU 2210: Field Placement I - Education
EDU 2220: Field Placement II - Education
EDU 2340: Working with Adolescents
EDU 2440: Children's Literature
EDU 2450: Exceptional Children
EDU 2460: Field Experience – Exceptional Child
EDU 2500: Literacy in the Classroom
ENG 0410: Develop Reading Versatility
ENG 2650: Award Winning Young Adult Literature
HUS 2340: Working with Adolescents
INT 1520: Student Success Seminar
PHE 1770: Self-Defense: Coed
PHE 1840: Self-Defense for Women
Academic Interests
  • Educational leadership
  • Elementary education
  • Reading
  • Secondary education--English
  • Special education


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