Literacy Education

Gigi McAllister

Literacy Instructor
smiling woman with long hair

Office Location

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Academic Degrees

  • CAS, Literacy Education, University of Southern Maine
  • M.Ed. Literacy Education, University of Southern Maine
  • B.S. Special Education, University of Maine at Farmington
  • National Board Certified Teacher


Gigi McAllister currently teaches the reading methods course, EDU 565. She works as​ a literacy specialist at Great Falls Elementary School in Gorham, Maine. She spent 10 years as a special education teacher for grades K-6 in MSAD 40 and then in Lewiston, Maine. During this time she earned a M. Ed. at USM, which ignited a love of literature and literacy and a thirst for learning to help students and teachers. She then taught fourth grade in Gorham for 14 years.

Gigi has presented nationally at the NCTE convention, and locally for MEA and at Reading Round Up. She serves on the Maine Student Book Award and Nercamp Northern New England committees​. She reviews books at The Late Bloomer's Book Blog and occasionally writes articles for Choice Literacy.

Areas of Expertise

Elementary Literacy Education


Presenter at National Committee for Teachers of English (NCTE) 2015, 2016, 2018

Professional Activity

Chairperson-Nerdcamp Northern New England, Maine Student Book Award Committee Member