Dr. Karen Vickery
Ed.D., Texas A&M University at Commerce
Dr. Vickery is a nationally respected dyslexia specialist and is currently the director of Southern Methodist University’s Learning Therapy Center. Dr. Vickery has taught in the public schools of Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas for 35 years. She has taught grades 2-6 in elementary school and reading at all levels. Dr. Vickery has been active in the field of dyslexia and related written-language disorders in the capacity of teacher, therapist, public school administrator, and University Program Director.
Dr. Vickery has been working with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on the development and revisions to the Dyslexia Handbooks. As a member of the Texas Education Agency’s Task Force Meeting for Revision of the Dyslexia Procedures 2013 she will help to ensure and clarify the continuity of dyslexia practices and procedures within Texas state public school districts. Also, Dr. Vickery has been an active advisory committee member to the panel of experts for Senate Bill 866 (SB 866); this bill includes language which directs teacher’s preparation courses to provide pre-service teachers with information on dyslexia. This information will help teachers identify struggling readers in their classrooms that might be exhibiting characteristics of dyslexia.
Dr. Vickery has served on many task forces and committees for the Texas Education Agency and also served as a resource for both public and private schools. She has been a guest speaker at parent and professional organizations at local, state, and national levels and conducted numerous in-service programs and teacher workshops since 1975. She received the 2002 Excellence in Education Award presented by the Dallas Branch International Dyslexia Association; Alumna of the Year 2001-2002 from Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas; and Key Communicator Award, Greenville Independent School District. In 2008, Dr. Vickery received an International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) Innovator Award as an Outstanding Educator in a University at the annual meeting of the IMSLEC in Seattle. Click here to see the announcement. She was appointed by Governor Perry to the Dyslexia Interim Study Committee Dec. 2009.
The Department of Teaching and Learning is thrilled to have Dr. Vickery as part of our team.
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