Chair of Human Services and
Sullivan Hall 410
Phone: (718) 990-1475
Fax (718) 990-2340
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