Kelley Barger

Professor/Director of Reading Programs
Office: East 225


  • Ed.D. from Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • M.Ed. from University of Houston
  • B.S. from Stephen F. Austin University

Professional Certification:

  • Teacher of Young Children Birth to Grade Three
  • Elementary Education
  • Reading Specialist
  • Certification for Supervision
  • Certification for ELL
  • Certificate for teaching Home and Family Development and Family Advocacy

Research Area/ Scholarly Interest:

  • Literacy, Emergent Literacy
  • Teaching Reading and Writing in the contemporary classroom
  • Family Literacy

Recent Publications:

  • Smith, K. R. (1999). Phonics Friendly Families. Spring, Texas: Absey & Company. children’s literature blog

Conference Presentations:

  • Barger, K. R. (April 2013). Can We Talk Books? Creating a Balanced Diet of Reading for School and Beyond. Abydos National Conference Houston, Texas.
  • Barger, K. R. (March 2010). Reading and Writing with Primary Learners. Abydos National Conference Houston, Texas.
  • Barger, K. R. (July 2009). Primary Training for Trainers. Texas Teacher Association, Houston, Texas.
  • Barger, K. R. (July 2008). Primary Training for Trainers. Abydos National Conference Houston, Texas.
  • Barger, K. R. (July 2007). Teaching Reading and Writing in the Elementary Classroom. Consortium of Teachers for Dedication of Primary readers and writers. Gilmer, Texas.
  • Barger, K. R. (July 2005). Teaching Reading and Writing as Dual Processes in the Primary Classroom. Consortium of Teachers for Dedication of Primary readers and writers. Gilmer, Texas.
  • Barger, K. R. (2004). Meaning Making. Conference Session at the annual meeting of the New Jersey Writing Project in Texas Trainer’s Conference, Houston, Texas.

Professional Memberships:

  • 2012-2014 Chapter President of Phi Kappa Phi
  • 2009-2014 Phi Kappa Phi
  • 1996-2014 International Reading Association
  • 1987-2014 Abydos Literacy Learning International
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