A Professor that has not lost the "Heart of a Teacher"
Directly from the heart of a teacher. My passion for students, teachers, and parents empowers me to be transparent, honest, and relevant.
Dr. Childs has taught in public schools and universities in Kansas and Texas for over twenty 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, but her specialty area is English Language Arts and Reading. She is currently a faculty member at Texas A&M University-Commerce which serves urban, rural, and suburban populations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Working in an ESL setting has allowed her to have exposure to 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.
Passionate about writing, Dr. Childs has been a contributor to the Kansas Journal of Reading, a participant of the Flint Hills Writing Project, a founder of the Writing Project of North East Texas, a lead editor of the Texas Journal of Literacy Education, and has taken part in poetry writing competitions, and written song lyrics. She has also self-published a book for parents and teachers (29 Days to LOVE Literacy, which is written from 29 days of tweeting to parents). She often feels writing is the true expression of her feelings, and a gift of expression that captures time. She seeks to contribute to educational blogs and books, and is excited to author and publish her first children’s book in 2024.
Dr. Childs has served as a consultant for school districts in Texas, and various organizations and families. She is currently on the task force and serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit, Kids Read Now.
Dr. Childs has spoken at various local, state and national conferences in the areas of education and literacy engagement, digital literacies, student success, diversity, and differentiation of curriculum. She also has a passion to help parents and students make connections to learning literacy skills at home. She is available to speak for keynote and concurrent sessions at conferences, or willing to serve on educational panels.
Dr. Childs' Latest Research
Dr. Childs’ research has always been rooted in practices that promote engagement and equity in education, literacy, and life. You can find her presenting at conferences, on social media uplifting and informing educators, and sharing her journey as a tenure track professor. Find Dr. Childs’ scholarly work on her Google Scholar Profile.
What is EdWhys?
Education Synergy for Teaching and Learning
EdWhys is a division of Whysideas, and seeks to touch society by impacting classrooms and communities.
From visiting schools and organizations to give presentations, to an emerging Podcast on the horizon, EdWhys has been Dr. Childs’ term and brand of ideas for all things innovative, engaging, as well as culturally relevant and significant. EdWhys seeks to look at education beyond school walls, and beyond standardized assessments. EdWhys questions “why” and seeks knowledge in all things education, literacy, and life.
Dr.childs' WOrk and Collaborative Efforts
Dr. Childs has been featured on univerisity news outlets, and on a few podcasts and social media talks. She is heavily involved with state and national literacy organizations, and her work continues to span across the globe (even as far as Indonesia).
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