Teacher and Bilingual Education Faculty

Dr. Jack Bradley

Dr. Jack Bradley


Coordinator, Early Childhood Education Graduate Program

Office Phone:361-593-2880

Office Location: Rhode Hall #260

E-mail: kfjab01@tamuk.edu

Degrees: Ed.D., Texas A&M University; M.Ed., University of West Florida; B.A., Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise: Texas Teacher Certification, Principal, Teacher Appraisal, Curriculum

Research Interests: Early Childhood Education, Reading in the Content Area, Creative Teaching Strategies

Dr. Karen Sue Bradley

Dr. Karen Sue Bradley


Coordinator, Reading Specialist Graduate Program

Office Phone:361-593-2898

Office Location: Rhode Hall #262

E-mail: kfksb00@tamuk.edu

Degrees: Ed.D., Texas A&M University; M.A., Michigan State University; B.A., Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise: Texas Teacher Certification, Reading Specialist, Writing Project Trainer, Principal, Assistant Superintendent

Research Interests: Early Literacy, Reading Comprehension, Creative Teaching Strategies

Dr. Mike Desiderio

Dr. Mike Desiderio


Office Phone:361-593-4768

Office Location: Rhode Hall #254


Degrees: Ph.D., Texas A&M University; M.Ed., Sul Ross State University; B.S.E., John Brown University

Areas of Expertise: Curriculum & Instruction, Behavior Management, Research Methods, Child & Adolescent Development

Research Interests: Education Law, Education Technology, Middle Schools, Online Education

Dr. Jaya Goswami


Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Performance

Director, Center for Teaching Effectiveness

Office Phone:361-593-4413

Office Location: Rhode Hall #112

E-mail: jaya.goswami@tamuk.edu

Degrees: Ph.D., University of Connecticut; M.A., University of Delhi, India; B.A., Gauhati University, India

Areas of Expertise: Linguistics, first and second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, cooperative learning, distance learning

Dr. Gina Garza-Reyna

Assistant Professor

Office Phone:361-593-

Office Location: MITC/Citrus Center

E-mail: gina.garza@tamuk.edu

Degrees:Ed.D. in Bilingual Education from Texas A&M University – Kingsville

Areas of Expertise:Bilingual Education
Dr. Norma Guzman

Dr. Norma Guzman

Associate Professor

Coordinator, Undergraduate EC-6 Bilingual Education 

Office Phone:361-593-2675

Office Location: Rhode Hall #208

E-mail: norma.guzman@tamuk.edu

Degrees: Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio; M.A., University of Texas-Pan American; B.A., Southwest Texas State University

Areas of Expertise: Bilingual assessment; disproportionality; multicultural education; cultural and linguistic diversity; school psychology; mixed methods research

Research Interests: Language use, bilingual education, policies and practices, culturally relevant practices

Dr. Patti Huskin

Dr. Patti Huskin

Assistant Professor

Coordinator of Undergraduate and Master’s Special Education 

Office Phone: 361-593-4912

Office Location: Rhode Hall #256

E-mail: patricia.huskin@tamuk.edu

Degrees: Ph.D., University of New Mexico; M.Ed., University of La Verne; B.S., California State University, Fullerton

Areas of Expertise: Early Child Special Education, Intellectual Disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Research Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities, Inclusion, Perception of Disabilities, and Special Education Teacher Preparation

Dr. Marie Lassmann

Dr. Marie Lassmann


Coordinator, M.S. in Education Online Degree

Coordinator, Undergraduate Secondary, All-level, and 4-8 Programs

Office Phone:361-593-2907

Office Location: Rhode Hall #206

E-mail: marie.lassmann@tamuk.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. University of Texas; M.Ed. Texas A&I University; B.Ed. Texas A&I University

Areas of Expertise: Secondary education, All Level education, 4-8 education

Research Interests: Substitute teaching and developing critical thinking skills in students

Dr. McNair

Dr. Lisa McNair

Assistant Professor
Coordinator of EC-6 Undergraduate program

Office Phone:361-593-4993

Office Location: Rhode Hall #258

E-mail: cheryl.mcnair@tamuk.edu

Degrees: Ph.D., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; M.S., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; B.S. Texas A&I University

Areas of Expertise: Literacy, Reading, Reading Comprehension, Curriculum & Instruction, Elementary/Secondary/Middle Education

Research Interests: Strategy Instruction, Critical Thinking Skills, Metacognition, Self-efficacy, Teacher Preparation

Dr. Zonia Obregon

Dr. Zonia Garcia-Obregon

Senior Lecturer

Office Phone:361-593-2839

Office Location: Rhode Hall #253

E-mail: zonia@tamuk.edu


Areas of Expertise: 

Research Interests: Underrepresentation of Hispanics in Higher Education

Dr. Olivia Modesto

Assistant Professor


Office Phone:361-593-

Office Location: Rhode Hall #200-A

E-mail: olivia.modesto@tamuk.edu

Degrees: Ed.D., Teacher Leadership, Walden University, M.Ed., ESL, University of the Philippines, B.S.E. English, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines

Areas of Expertise: Education of adolescent mothers and pregnant minors, phenomenological research, reading education, teaching English as a second language
Dr. McNair

Dr. Ari Sherris

Associate Professor
Fulbright Professor (2015-2016)

Office Phone:361-593-2910

Office Location: Rhode Hall #203

E-mail: arieh.sherris@tamuk.edu

Degrees: Ph.D., George Mason University; M.A., University of Surrey (England); B.A., Shimer College

Areas of Expertise: Academic English; Applied Linguistics, Bi/Multilingual Literacy & Education; Curriculum Development; Discourse Analysis; Language Policy; Second Language Acquisition; Task-based Language Teaching; Teacher Observation

Research Interests: Complementary Education Programs; Documenting Endangered Metaphors (e.g., Flathead Salish); Endangered Language Pedagogy & Revitalization (e.g., Mikasuki, Flathead Salish, and Safaliba); Interaction; Language Policy; Multilingualism

Dr. Marsha D. Sowell

Assistant Professor

Office Phone:361-593-4782

Office Location: Rhode Hall #263

E-mail: marsha.sowell@tamuk.edu

Degrees: Ph. D, Texas Tech University; M.A., University of Texas-Permian Basin; B.A., Angelo State University

Areas of Expertise: Middle Level Education

Research Interests: Developing and Supporting Teacher Leaders; Effective Instructional Strategies

Dr. Roberto Torres

Dr. Roberto Torres

Associate Professor
Fulbright Professor

Office Phone:361-593-2797

Office Location: Rhode Hall #200A

E-mail: kfrlt00@tamuk.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. - The University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Educational Psychology - 1998 M.A. Ed. -Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. M. A. in Education - 1990 B.A. -Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. Psychology – 1984

Areas of Expertise: 

Research Interests: 

Dr. Monica Wong-Ratcliff

Dr. Monica Wong-Ratcliff

Associate Professor

Office Phone:361-593-4781

Office Location: Rhode Hall #204

E-mail: monica.ratcliff@tamuk.edu

Degrees: Ed.D., University of Louisiana at Monroe; M.ED., University of Louisiana at Monroe; M.B.A., Aberystwyth University, UK.

Areas of Expertise: Students with Mild & Moderate Disabilities, Inclusive Education, Reading Intervention, Pre-service Teacher Preparation, Curriculum and Instruction, and Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research Designs

Research Interests: Teacher Preparation Program, Full Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Math Instruction, and Student Success

Part-Time Faculty

Ms. Anna Alaniz
Ms. Mary Atkinson
Dr. Jeanine Birdwell
Dr. Shirley Bleidt
Mr. Joe  Calvillo
Mr. Antonio Elizondo
Ms. Aminta Elizondo
Dr. Melly Guerra
Dr. Eden Hernandez
Ms. Donna Hilliard
Ms. Jane Lyon
Dr. Cassie McClung
Dr. Thomas Mize
Ms. Herminia Ramirez
Dr. Tadeo Reyna
Ms. Emma Rios
Ms. Xochita Rocha
Ms. Diana Rodriguez
Mr. Eusebio Torres

Graduate Assistants

Xenia Barbosa
Gyanu Gautam
Monica Medina
Soraima Pirela
Elaine Tien
Victor Villegas

This page was last updated on: December 10, 2018