Sara Hooks

Assistant Professor

Sara Hooks

Contact Information

Hawkins Hall, Room 102K


Ed.D., Johns Hopkins University

Areas of Expertise

Early Childhood Education, Language and Early Literacy, and Special Education


Sara Hooks recently graduated with her Doctorate in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Her primary research interests are on methods to support teachers to provide effective instruction to students with diverse learning and behavioral needs in inclusive early childhood settings. Dr. Hooks is also interested in establishing evidence-based practices in teacher preparation and investigating the ways in which teacher educators can demonstrate short- and long-term impact on teacher candidates, early childhood programs, and the community.

Prior to coming to Towson, Dr. Hooks supervised pre-service teachers and provided professional development in Baltimore City and surrounding counties. She was awarded a Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge grant by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to support her research in Maryland schools from 2013-2015. This work has led to local and national presentations and working manuscripts.

Dr. Hooks is thrilled to be working in the Department of Early Childhood Education at Towson University to continue supporting teachers and to contribute to Towson's legacy of preparing effective teachers of young children.


Nagro, S. A., Fraser, D. A., & Hooks, S. D. (in press). Lesson planning with engagement in mind: Proactive classroom management strategies for curriculum instruction. Intervention in School and Clinic.

Hooks, S. D. (2016, Nov.). Opportunities to respond and students with disabilities: Implications for a universally designed classroom. Paper presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Lexington, KY.

Hooks, S. D. (2016, Oct.). How increasing demands for “perfection” in teacher education affect teacher education programs. Paper presented at the Critical Questions in Education Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.