Kimberly A. Garrett, Ed.D

    Dr. Garrett is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education and Program Coordinator at Dominican University. Prior to her work at Dominican, Dr. Garrett was a teacher for 16 years in the Chicago Public Schools, teaching grades PreK through 2nd grade.  Dr. Garrett has also served as an Education Manager for Salvation Army Child Care, providing professional development for Head Start teachers and paraprofessionals. The heart of her teaching centers around the practical professional development needs of teachers in an urban setting, particularly first year teachers. Dr. Garrett has experienced measurable success teaching struggling learners throughout her career in urban education. Her passion is to inspire her current education students to empower learners to be resilient through active engagement; and as professionals to be the change they want to see in their profession -regardless of the setting. She is currently researching the use of peer modeling, guided reflection and self-evaluation as tools for continuous improvement at various stages in a teacher’s professional development. Her advocacy efforts are concentrated on issues related to culturally responsive teaching, recruitment, retention, equity and inclusion of faculty of color.