Doctoral Student in English and Education, 2016 – present, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

MAT in Secondary Education, May 2007, Western New Mexico University, Gallup, NM

BA in English Literature; minor in Spanish, May 2004, Miami University, Oxford, OH summa cum laude, University Honors
Honors Thesis: Reading Penelope and Molly: An Intertextual Analysis of the Representations of Women in Homer’s Odyssey and Joyce’s Ulysses

Teaching Experience

Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2016 – present
ENG 125 Writing and Academic Inquiry

Instructor, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM, 2014-2016
EDUC 2285, EDUC 2286 Curriculum Development, Assessment and Evaluation I & II; Realigned curriculum for two core classes in Alternative Licensure program

Teacher, Native American Community Academy, Albuquerque, NM, 2007-2016
Native American Literature, 6-8th grade
Designed and implemented Native American Literature curriculum utilizing Understanding by Design to align with Common Core State Standards; Facilitated 8th grade team to improve teaching practices and student learning; Improved student reading proficiency from 27% to 51% in 2014; Mentored 5 student teachers to successfully complete student teaching

Teacher, Tse Yi Gai High School, Pueblo Pintado, NM, 2004-2007
Title 1 Reading, 10th grade English, Communications
Created and implemented unit plans to promote student learning in Title I Reading; Provided staff training, scheduling, and management of state-mandated testing

Teacher, Teach for America Summer Institute, Houston, TX, 2004
Bilingual Pre-Kindergarten
Designed reading and math curriculum for bilingual Spanish-English classroom

Teaching Assistant, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2002-2003
EDL 304, The Nature of Group Leadership
Led small-group discussions; Assessed student writing


Sprouse, M.L., Caldwell, S. & Siow, V. (forthcoming 2016, November). Student and Teacher Critique: Advocating for Our Own Improvement. To be presented at the NCTE Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Sprouse, M. L., Abeita, T., Chapo, R., Charlie, S. & Jaramillo, E. (2016, March). Writing ourselves as heroes: 8th grade girls responses to Bruchac’s Killer of Enemies. Presented at the Native American Literature Symposium, Albuquerque, NM.

Sprouse, M.L. (2016, January). Text Annotation: Getting students to think while they read. Presented at the Teach for America New Mexico Teaching Expo, Albuquerque, NM.

Siow, V., Caldwell S., & Sprouse, M. L. (2015, November). Teaching Native American literature in the middle grades: Developing literacy, empathy, and inquiry through units rooted in essential questions. Presented at NCTE Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Caldwell, S. Krause, J., Siow, V. & Sprouse, M. L. (2015, August). Portfolios as performance assessments in Native American literature. Webinar hosted by ASCD.

Siow, V., Caldwell S., & Sprouse, M. L. (2015, March). Perspectives on teaching Native American literature in an urban middle school. Presented at The Native American Literature Symposium, Albuquerque, NM.

Siow, V., Caldwell S., & Sprouse, M. L. (2014, November). Using Understanding by Design (UbD) to create authentic literature studies. Presented at the New Mexico Indian Education Summit, Albuquerque, NM.

Mitchell, M. L. (2004, May). An intertextual analysis of the representations of women in Homer’s Odyssey and Joyce’s Ulysses. Poster presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Miami University, Oxford, OH.


Sprouse, M.L. “Collaborative Professional Development through a Critique Protocol.” English Journal. (Forthcoming, 2016, November).

Awards and Recognition

2014-2015 Native American Community Academy Teacher of the Year

2015 Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee

2014 National Board for Professional Teaching Certification in English Language
Arts, Early Adolescence

2004 Phi Beta Kappa

2004 Phi Beta Phi

2003 Miami University Undergraduate Summer Scholar


Judge, Norman T. Mailer High School Writing Award, NCTE, 2016.
Evaluated high school student writing for excellence in creative nonfiction

Faculty Advisor, Eye of the Eagle, Native American Community Academy, Albuquerque, NM, 2015-2016
Faculty co-founder, co-advisor and editor for student literary magazine

Participant, End of Course Assessment Conference and Standard Setting Meeting, July 2014, Santa Fe, NM

Undergraduate Resident Director, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2003-2004
Overall administration of upperclass residence hall; Supervised, trained, and evaluated resident assistants; Provided general management of conduct and informal counseling for 98 residents

Editor, Inklings, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2002-2003
Published biannual issues of undergraduate literary magazine

Professional Memberships

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
National Council of Teachers of English
International Literacy Association
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Teach for America