Patricia Costa, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty,
Department of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Patricia (Patty) Costa feels honored to be joining the Department of Teaching and Learning at ACE. Patty, as an educator, has enjoyed teaching all grades from Pre-K to 8th, in addition to administering elementary schools for over two decades. A passion for teaching and learning literacy led her to pursue a masters, and more recently a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction. Patty’s research interests include affective literacy methods based on posthuman approaches to reading and writing. Patty is fully bilingual in English and Spanish, and also takes pleasure in researching current English as a second language (ESL) effective teaching strategies. When Patty is not teaching or learning, she can be found reading or spending time with her husband Ron, her two adult daughters Cinthia and Nadia, and her dogs Leo and Birdie.


  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
    Texas Tech University
  • Master's in Curriculum and Instruction
    Andrews University
  • Bachelor's in Elementary Education
    Caribbean University

Research Interests

My research interests include affective, posthuman and transactional approaches in literacy that encourage reading, writing, and speaking creatively while personifying others. This approach in communication is similar to Jesus’s teaching style. The Great Teacher called humans salt, sheep, light, goats, and sometimes even snakes. He called Himself a gate, the way, a good shepherd, and eternal life. Affective literacy is an empowering way to communicate God’s word, I plan to continue studying.