Barbara Laster is a researcher, children's book author, and teachers. From 1974-1994, she was a reading teacher in North Florida, the Appalachian region of Ohio, rural Massachusetts, and multiple schools in suburban Northern Virginia. Since becoming a Professor of Education, Dr. Laster has primarily taught teachers who are aspiring reading specialists during the past 25 years. Currently, she teaches courses on the cultural contexts of literacy, reading disabilities, literacy assessment and instruction, and other topics. Her scholarly work includes more than 50 peer-reviewed articles or book chapters in such publications as English Journal, The Reading Teacher, and The Handbook of Reading Comprehension Research. Besides her work with educators across the United States, Dr. Laster has taught teachers in Guatemala, Egypt, and Iceland.