THE ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS
Mary LaFleur has been in public education for 23 years and is currently an Elementary Literacy Specialist in San Antonio. She serves as a member of the Northside ISD Elementary Reading Cadre providing professional staff development for teachers within the district. Mary is an adjunct professor in the Reading Department at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She was recognized in 2005 with the honor of being named Teacher of the Year at her campus in the Northside Independent School District. Mary earned her M.Ed. in Reading from Lesley University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University. Her professional interests include Response to Intervention (RTI), Depth and Complexity, dyslexia, and strategies for reading comprehension
L. Karen Estes-Sykes is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where she teaches literacy and education courses. She has 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, English as a second language, social studies and music. Dr. Sykes is a nationally-licensed curriculum auditor and holds Texas teacher certifications in the following areas: Reading Specialist, Master Reading Teacher, English 1-8, English as a Second Language, All-Level Special Education, Elementary 1-8, All-Level Mid-Management, and Educational Diagnostician. Dr. Sykes’ research interests primarily focus on areas related to literacy and teachers’ sense of efficacy within the context of reading education.
Alida Hudson is currently a Reading Specialist for Tomball ISD in The Woodlands. She earned a Masters of Education in Reading from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University. She was recognized as the 2013 recipient of the Bonnie Campbell Hill National Literacy Leader Award from the National Council of Teachers of English and the Children’s Literature Assembly. This same year she was also named Teacher of the Year for her campus. An article on Reading Workshop written by Alida was recently published in The Reading Teacher. She has presented at several national conferences including the International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English, and the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, as well as state and local conferences including the Texas Association for Literacy Education. Alida provides literacy intervention to struggling students and facilitates staff development on her campus.
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.
Kathy Stephens is a Professor serving as Department Chair of Teacher Education at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. She teaches literacy courses in both the traditional and nontraditional online settings. Prior to joining the faculty of LeTourneau, Dr. Stephens spent twenty years in a wide variety of Texas classrooms serving as an elementary, middle school and high school teacher and as a Reading specialist for the Educational Service Center. Her doctoral dissertation was selected as one of ten finalists for the Distinguished Dissertation Award given by IRA at their research conference. Dr. Stephens is a member of International Literacy Association (ILA) and has recently completed a two-year term as president of TAIR (Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading). She has presented her research to various groups including Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, ILA, state organizations and local educators. Her current research interests include literacy instructional methods related to informational texts, Teacher Education and the preparation of preservice teachers, and strategies for using and creating research with preservice and beginning teachers.
Sonja Gaddy has over 16 years of teaching experience in both private and public school settings. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics from Texas Woman’s University. Sonja is currently pursuing an M.Ed. with a concentration in Reading and Writing from Texas Wesleyan University. Current interests include finding solutions that will eliminate disparities in reading instruction among socioeconomic and demographic groups, as well as fostering community utilization of public library services.