Carrie Thomas Beck, Ph.D
Director of Literacy
Dr. Carrie Thomas Beck is CORE’s Director of Literacy. She comes to CORE after working four years as the Dyslexia Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). In 2019, Carrie received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) to recognize her contribution to improving outcomes for students with dyslexia in Oregon.
Prior to joining the Department, Carrie worked as a Research Associate in the Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the University of Oregon for ten years. Carrie developed and directed the CTL Reading Clinic at the university from 2008 through 2013. She also led the development of a reading endorsement program at the university and taught literacy courses in the College of Education. Carrie spent five years at the university co-directing the Oregon Reading First Center, a federally funded center that partnered with ODE to provide technical support in the area of early literacy to fifty elementary schools throughout the state of Oregon. Earlier in her career, Carrie worked as an Implementation Manager/Project Director for the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). She has also worked as a curriculum specialist in language arts for Springfield School District in Oregon and has taught elementary and secondary special education in schools in Wisconsin and Illinois.