Trudy Knowles, Ed. D.
Trudy Knowles has been a member of the Education faculty at Westfield State University in Westfield, MA since 1994 where she teaches elementary curriculum, social studies methods and arts integration courses. She received her Ed.D. from the University of Tennessee.
Trudy is the author of What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know and The Kids Behind the Label: An Inside Look at ADHD for Classroom Teachers (Heinemann Pub. Co). She has consulted and presented workshops throughout the country on ADHD, arts integration, curriculum design, and ways to help students be successful in school by including them in the teaching/learning process. Her research and writing focus on giving voice to students.
Trudy has served on the Board of Directors of Enchanted Circle Theater since 2002 and also serves on their education committee.
Trudy has five children living from coast to coast, two grandsons and one granddaughter. She is an avid Boston Red Sox fan. Her work on peace and social justice issues is the passion of her life. Trudy’s motto comes from a bumper sticker she once saw in up-state New York. It read, “Dance with Reckless Abandon.” That’s what she does.
Who We Are
“Students that were struggling readers became narrators and learned to read with ease. The students gained so much confidence. They learned how to work together cooperatively, and the value in supporting each other. This was a tremendous learning experience for all of us.”
~ 3rd grade teacher, Holyoke, MA