THE ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS
Jackie Ingram is an instructor in the Language, Literacy and Special Populations department at Sam Houston State University where she teaches literacy courses for undergraduate and master's students. Prior to working in higher education, Jackie taught in Texas public education for 15 years. In addition to serving as an Elected Board Member for the Texas Association for Literacy Education, she serves as the chair for Membership Tracking. Jackie maintains an active scholarly agenda publishing and presenting at the local, state, regional, and national levels. Jackie received her bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University, and her Doctorate of Education in Literacy from Sam Houston State University.
Sonja Gaddy has over 16 years of teaching experience in both private and public school settings. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics from Texas Woman’s University and a Masters of Education with a concentration in Reading and Writing from Texas Wesleyan University. Her interests include finding solutions to eliminate disparities in reading instruction among socioeconomic and demographic groups, as well as supporting community-based literacy programs and public library services.
Kamshia Childs is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Reading in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Southern University in Houston. Her professional experiences span 15 years and include working as an adjunct professor in the College Prep Department at San Jacinto College -South Campus for three years and working in rural and urban public school districts in Kansas and Texas for eleven years. She has served in various capacities as a teacher, tutor, and paraprofessional in the K-6 setting, and she has been a self-contained teacher in Grade Levels 4th-6th. As a public school teacher, Dr. Childs has taught various subjects (reading, writing, math, science, and social studies), but her primary area has always been English language arts and reading. Working in an ESL setting throughout her career has also allowed Dr. Childs to have exposure to students who represent a variety of ethnic backgrounds, as well as experience with students who have spoken over twelve different languages. Her research interests include literacy, student motivation, multicultural education, reading and writing strategies. She takes pride in creating classroom experiences that are current, relevant, and meaningful for students.