Dr. McCraw received her BA in Elementary Education from Limestone College, her MEd in Elementary Education from The University of South Carolina at Spartanburg, and her PhD in Language and Literacy from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. McCraw recently retired from Cherokee County Schools after serving for 33 years as a classroom teacher and literacy coach. During her career, she taught both 3rd and 5th grade before becoming a literacy coach. It was during her early training as a coach that she developed a passion for early childhood literacy education. She is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English where she served as the Elementary Representative-at-Large on the Executive Board from 2007-2009. She has served on numerous advisory boards and committees for NCTE and currently serves as a reviewer for the NCTE Books Program. Her research interests include early childhood literacy development and digital literacy.

When not teaching, Dr. McCraw enjoys spending time with her family, reading, singing in her church choir, and playing bells in the bell choir.


  • PhD in Language and Literacy - USC Columbia
  • MEd in Elementary Education - The University of SC at Spartanburg
  • PhD in Language and Literacy - USC Columbia