Assistant Professor, Literacy and ESOL
How can I be an educator if I do not develop in myself a caring and loving attitude toward the student… – Paolo Freire
Dr. Walker received her Ph.D. in Reading from Texas Woman’s University. She earned her M.Ed. in Language Literacy Education and her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University.
She has experience teaching English language arts (ELAR) and English as a Second Language (ESL) at the elementary and middle school level. Additionally, she served as a middle school literacy specialist and as a district-level EC-12 ESL instructional coach. She is certified as an EC-4 Generalist, EC-12 English Language Arts and Reading, EC-12 ESL, EC-12 GT, and Social Studies 4-8.
During her time in K-12 schools, Dr. Walker also served as an adjunct professor at Texas Woman’s University and Texas Christian University. Her research interests lie in the intersections of adolescent literacy, English as a second language instruction, and middle-level education. Dr. Walker believes strongly in the power of culturally responsive instruction and the ethic of care in education.
She lives with her husband and elementary-aged son in Conway, SC.
Dr. Walker is a native Texan. All of her family members are from Texas or Louisiana. She loves to cook, read, and spend time with her family. Her family spends a lot of time fishing or boating. Sailing is a particular interest. She loves to travel to explore new cultures, languages, stories, and foods.
English as a second language instruction (ESL/ESOL)
Walker, K. (in press). El Cucuy and the Boogeyman: A multicultural arts-based approach to poetry.In H.
Hansen-Thomas & M. A. Stewart (Eds.), TESOL engaging research: Transforming practices for the
high school classroom. TESOL International.
Stewart, M., & Walker, K. (in press). Learning from students: What, why, and how adolescent
English learners want to read and write. Texas Journal of Literacy Education.
Stewart, M., Babino, A., & Walker, K. (2017). Caring as a pedagogical framework for adolescent English
learners: A formative experiment. Tapestry Journal, 8(1).
Stewart, M., & Walker, K. (2016). ESL and WWII: Possibilities for language and historical learning. TESOL
Walker, K. (2016). The Only Child. WoW Reviews, 8(3).