Dr. L. Karen Sykes
Dr. Sykes is a native Central Texan with experience teaching in Texas public schools at both the elementary and middle-school levels. Throughout her public school career, she taught self-contained elementary classes, as well as departmentalized classes in special education reading, English, and mathematics, gifted and talented reading/English language arts, social studies and music. Dr. Sykes is a nationally-licensed curriculum auditor and holds Texas teacher certifications in the following areas: Elementary 1-8, English 1-8, All-Level Special Education, All-Level Mid-Management, Reading Specialist, Master Reading Teacher, Educational Diagnostician, and English as a Second Language.
Dr. Sykes is active at the state and national levels within teacher educator organizations. She has served as a national Delegate for Texas to the Association of Teacher Educators and has held various offices within the Texas Association of Teacher Educators, including President from 2010-2011. Further, Dr. Sykes has served as a member of the Board and Board Secretary for the Consortium of Schools for Texas Teacher Educators. She has been with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor since 2003.
Dr. Sykes' research interests primarily focus on areas related to reading, special education, and teacher efficacy within specific contexts, including teaching reading and political advocacy for pre-service educators. Additionally, she has conducted research with regard to the student teaching experience and teaching at-risk students.