Dr. Kamshia Childs is a native of Wichita, Kansas, and product of Wichita’s USD #259 public schools (K-12). Her college studies took her to Wichita State (1 year), and to Kansas State University– where in 2002 she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (ESL Concentration), and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (Reading and Language Arts) in 2004. She earned a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas in May 2013.
Her professional experience includes working in rural and urban public school settings in Kansas and Texas for nearly 20 years. She has served in various capacities as a tutor and paraprofessional in the K-6 setting, and she has been a teacher in grade levels 4-6. Dr. Childs has taught all subjects (Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies), but her specialty area is English Language Arts and Reading. Working in an ESL setting has allowed her to have exposure to students who represent a variety of ethnic backgrounds and experience with students that have spoken over twelve different languages throughout her career. Dr. Childs takes pride in making learning relevant and meaningful for students. She has given presentations at local, state, national, and international conferences on her concepts, “P.E.E.P.S” “Changing the Language” and “D.R.E.A.M. Literacy”, and other culturally relevant, integrated and inclusive topics. Her book, “29 Days to L.O.V.E. Literacy” (2016) gives practical reading and writing strategies to help with student motivation and further development of skills. Her research interests include: Literacy/Reading, Student Motivation, Learning Styles, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, Differentiation of Curriculum, Parent Involvement, and Cooperative Learning.
Dr. Childs is passionate about education, and particularly the college experience. She was a first generation college student, and would like to give back to other students by sharing knowledge that she lacked. Dr. Childs has taught Reading Developmental Education and College Prep courses at San Jacinto College. She has also been a faculty member at Texas Southern University, where she taught reading methods courses in the College of Education. Dr. Childs is currently an Assistant Professor working with undergraduate pre-service teachers at Texas A & M University-Commerce in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She enjoys collaborating with other teacher educators to enhance curriculum (particularly in the area of literacy), as well as helping parents and their students to be successful in the classroom. She strives to one day serve on a board for national educational initiatives or committees working to improve education and literacy education.
Beyond education, Dr. Childs has always had a love for music, and enjoys singing, traveling, reading, writing, and working on various projects with her husband, whom she currently resides with in the Dallas Fort-Worth area.