Kim Pinkerton

University of Houston-Downtown
TCTELA President-elect

Kim Pinkerton began teaching literacy methods and instruction as an Urban Education faculty member at the University of Houston-Downtown in 2007. Kim has a passion for working with students who have struggled both personally and academically. As a teacher educator, her goal is for all of her students to love learning as much as she does and for those learning experiences to be life changing. She wants this new learning to make a difference in their lives and for it to greatly impact their teaching and future students. 

Kim earned a doctorate in reading and language arts from the University of Houston. She has experience as a public school teacher at the elementary level and a developmental reading and writing instructor at the community college level. Her primary teaching and research interests include reading comprehension processes and practices, individualized literacy instruction methods, preservice and in-service teacher phonological awareness undertandings and misconceptions, and past and present literacy histories of public school teachers. She has presented and written about these topics at the state, national, and international levels. 

Kim enjoys serving teachers and the profession. She is the current President- Elect of the Texas Council of Teachers of English and previously served in other TCTELA board capacities, including three years as an English in Texas editor. She is currently a special issues editor for the Journal of Family Strengths and has served as a consulting editor for The Advocate and a reviewer for both English in Texas and the International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum. Some of her most rewarding work has been her service with her teacher candidates at the House of Tiny Treasures, a preschool for homeless or displaced children.