Billie Enz, Ph.D.

Billie Enz (Ph.D. Elementary Education Arizona State University) is a Kansas native but a lifetime Arizonan. Billie is an emeritus professor at Arizona State University where she served as an administrator in the College of Education for over 25 years. Dr. Enz was a member of the Early Childhood teaching and research faculty and co-created the award winning International online Early Childhood Education master’s program.

After Dr. Enz retired from ASU, she served as the founding Executive Director of Educare Arizona, an infant through preschool program designed to serve children and families in greatest need.

Over the past decade she has worked with Dr.Jill Stamm to develop curriculum for New Directions Institute. Currently, she is a consultant/instructor for New Directions Institute, which is part of Arizona Children’s Association network.

Dr. Enz is an expert in the areas of family literacy, emergent literacy and language acquisition, co-authoring three textbooks in this area; Teaching Language and Literacy: From Preschool to the Elementary Grades and Helping Young Children Learn Language and Literacy: From Birth through Preschool, and Assessing Language and Literacy Development. She is also co-chair of the International Reading Associations Early Literacy Commission, which coordinates the largest pre-conference at the Annual International Reading Association. Dr. Enz has and is serving as early literacy consultant for preschools in China, Dubai, and Cairo. This has led to several cross-cultural comparative practices research.

Billie has currently serving on the Gompers Board and supports their acclaimed programs as they work to develop program services for designed for younger children.

Most importantly, Billie is the mother of two daughters, Dr. Dawn Foley, Curriculum and Instruction Director for Mesa Unified School District and Tiffany Bodemann, a Title I reading specialist. Billie and her husband of over 45 years, Dr. Don Enz, spoil their four grandchildren as often as possible.

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