Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Professor Decker's current research interests are in Motivation to Read and Lifelong Literacy Habits.
Her doctoral studies were completed at Liberty University in the Ed. D program in Educational Leadership with a heavy concentration in reading and curriculum and instruction. She is currently working on her dissertation on Motivation to Read for Military Connected Students. She earned her Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington with concentrations in literacy, including Multicultural Literature, Children's Literature, Young Adult Literature and acquisition of English as a Second Language. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Tarleton State University an extension of Texas A & M where her foundational reading strategies were formed. She has studied under Dr. Deborah Jinkins the co-creator of the Cognitive Foundations of Learning to Read or the SEDL-A, and Dr. Nancy Hadaway the author of Breaking Boundaries and many textbooks on literacy and teaching literacy to diverse learners. She is certified to teach students PK-4th grade in Texas and is also certified by the NYBOE for Reading and Math Grades 3-12.
She recently retired as the Director of Short-term English as a Second Language for foreign students where she wrote curriculum, oversaw the entire operation and facilitated all aspects of the Asian English as a Second Language Program.
Professor Decker also works for Educational Testing Service with the TOEFL programs evaluating writing and reading samples for international students. She has over 30 years of experience in the teaching field as she owned a private school for 22 years as the administrator and one of the teacher of PK- 1st grade. She has taught all levels of PK-adult learners but teaching reading has been her passion at all levels.