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Dr. L. Karen Sykes

Office: Parker 118
UMHB Mail Box:UMHB Box 8017900 College St, Box 8017BeltonTX76513
Phone: (254) 295-4183(254) 295-4183
Degrees Earned: Ed. D. & M. Ed. Baylor University, B.S. Elementary Ed University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, A.A. Speech Communication

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. 

Research Interests

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.