Dr. Cheesman’s primary interest is teacher-preparation in scientifically based reading instruction. In 2015, she received a Fulbright Award to develop global Accreditation Standards for IDA that included time in Kuwait. She was named the Colorado CEC Excellence in Teacher Educator and the UCCS College of Education Teacher of the Year & Outstanding Researcher. Her courses were among the first accredited by IDA, and she has many journal publications. An Orton Oak, she has served on the Rocky Mountain Branch Board and several IDA Committees.