Francine Guastello

Chair of Human Services and Counseling, Associate Professor
Human Services and Counseling

Office Hours
Sullivan Hall Room 411
Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

E. Francine Guastello is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Services and Counseling and Coordinator of the Graduate Literacy Program at St. John’s University. Dr. Guastello is also a fellow in the Orton-Gillingham Academy of Practitioners and Educators dedicated to working with children and adults who are dyslexic. Dr. Guastello has instituted the first courses in Multisensory Language Learning which trains our reading specialist graduates to teach children and adults with dyslexia.

Dr. Guastello has been an educator for over 38 years. She was an elementary/junior high teacher for 12 years, an elementary school principal for 16 years and for the past 10 years she has been a full-time member of the graduate literacy faculty at St. John’s specializing in the diagnosis and remediation of children and adults with learning disabilities.

Since 2002, she has been the co-project director of Project TIE: Training Innovative Educators, a grant sponsored by the legislation of No Child Left Behind. She has conducted staff development and implemented a school wide K- 8 program of reading and writing in 24 low-achieving schools in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. She conducts teacher focus groups, is a teacher mentor and provides demonstration lessons in classrooms with teachers and their students. She is also part of the team of staff developers who are currently working at St. Brigid’s School in Manhattan – a school “adopted” by St. John’s University. Dr. Guastello is also an educational consultant for the Brooklyn Diocese.

In 2006, Dr. Guastello was initiated into The Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and in 2007 she received St. John’s University’s Excellence in Teaching & Scholarship Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. She is a member of the St. John’s Chapter of the Ladies of Charity servicing the needs of the local community.

Her research focuses on developing effective teaching strategies especially for struggling readers and writers. Her latest co-authored book is The Guided Reading Kidstation Model: Making Instruction Meaningful for the Whole Class. She has written numerous articles on family literacy and developing oral language skills.