- B.S., Elementary Education, Western Michigan University
- M.A., Literacy Studies, Western Michigan University
Deanna Roland worked as a full-time elementary teacher for seven years, teaching kindergarten and first grade students. During that time, she was trained and certified in Reading Recovery. In March 2009, she accepted the position as the coordinator of family programs with Early Reading First at Western Michigan University. In that role, she provided trainings to families and teachers related to literacy. Additionally, she served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies.