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Loretta Holmberg-Masden

Assistant Teaching Professor
Loretta Holmberg-Masden


University of Maryland (College Park); PhD Candidate, 2019

Master of Science in Education (Reading Specialist), 2009
Johns Hopkins University

Bachelor of Science in Education, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, May 2002

University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom (1995-1996) 
Preparation for English Bar Exams

Bachelor of Laws (Honors), July 10, 1995 
University of Wales, College of Cardiff (Cardiff Law School), United Kingdom


Loretta is a former attorney turned educator. She has been in the education realm for about 2 decades. She started as a developmental reading teacher for K-5th graders in two rural schools in Pennsylvania before moving to Maryland and teaching in Baltimore City Schools. Her experience in formal education is primarily in the elementary and tertiary levels. However, she has worked with middle and high schoolers in various other settings. Additionally, Loretta is a certified reading specialist. At Loyola, she advises and teaches primarily graduate level students and courses in the reading specialist program. 

Outside of Loyola, Loretta is also a dog trainer. She is a serious foodie and loves to travel.

Research Interests

Vocabulary instruction, English learners, teacher preparation, children’s literature, metacognition


Imig, D.G., Imig, S., Neel, M.A., & Holmberg-Masden, L. (2018). The complexity of American teacher education. In Hall, G.E, Quinn, L.F., & Gollnick, D.M. (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of Teaching and Learning (pp. 5-28). Wiley Blackwell.