J. A. Neale

Duke University, M.A.T. in English Education
Undergraduate Institution and Major(s)/Minor: 
Davidson College, B.A. English
Graduate Institution and Major(s)/Minor: 
New York University, M.F.A. Creative Writing

About Me

J. A. Neale grew up in a small town in western North Carolina. In her community, she was active in Girl Scouts, volunteering, the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, and theater. She attended public school and graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Math. Neale entered the Duke Master of Arts in Teaching Program to become a full-time teacher after years as a writer, editor, instructional designer, and part-time instructor. Her focus is on educational technology, including games, blogs, and other ways the students can interact with the world beyond the classroom.

Professional Work

For her Duke MAT inquiry project, Neale created a website on the effectiveness of using games as educational tools. 

Educational Gaming in Schools

This inquiry project explored the cognitive, emotional, and therapeutic benefits of play; the frequency and types of games in the classroom; an examination of three case studies; and a list of highly recommended educational games, by subject. 

Blogging in the Classroom:

This case study focuses on how blogging can be used as a tool for learning, to connect students across classrooms through posts and responses. The blog may be used in place of journal entries or essays, and may culminate in a more formal letter project.

Awards & Accolades

Before college, Neale earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and the VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Contest for North Carolina. At Davidson, she earned the R. Windley Hall Award in Writing, third place for the Charles E. Lloyd Award in Writing, and the Rawley P. Turner Drama Award (two years). She was awarded a Presbyterian Women's Scholarship for her studies at New York University. Following graduate school, she earned the ETS Recognition of Excellence Award and the Chapel Hill Princeton Review SAT-Verbal Teaching Award. She was awarded the Durham Teaching Fellowship through Duke's Master of Arts in Teaching Program.