Rebecca S. Wheeler is Associate Professor of English and English Education at Christopher Newport University.
Rachel Swords, M.A.T, is a Title 1 Reading and Math interventionist with Newport News Public Schools. Across her twelve years in public education, Swords has taught grades first through fifth. Swords first became interested in code-switching when she took one of Rebecca Wheeler's graduate courses at Christopher Newport University. In 2003, her action research in code-switching was instrumental in Swords being named a National Board Certified Teacher. In 2006, Swords collaborated with Dr. Rebecca Wheeler to publish Code-Switching: Teaching Standard English in Urban Classrooms with NCTE, and more recently, "Factoring Dialect into Reading Assessment and Intervention," in Reading in Virginia. Rachel lives in Hampton, Virginia, with her husband, four wonderful children, and two dogs. Swords can be reached at Rachel.Swords@nn.k12.va.us