Nancy Akhavan


Dr. Karyn Allee-Herndon


Karyn Allee-Herndon earned a PhD from the University of Central Florida, and her professional experiences include teaching at high-need schools, working in a large urban district as a coach and PD facilitator, and working for three education companies to facilitate customized PD, support large-scale district implementations and school improvement efforts, to evaluate programs, and to develop early childhood curriculum.

Dr. Allee-Herndon’s responsibilities as an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Mercer University include working primarily with elementary MAT initial teacher certification candidates and PhD students in the Curriculum & Instruction track. Currently, Dr. Allee-Herndon’s research focuses on how poverty affects cognitive development, executive function/self-regulation as predictors of school readiness and achievement, and instructional strategies (including play and physical activity) to reduce academic achievement gaps.

Dr. Allee-Herndon has been published in multiple journals including the Early Childhood Education Journal, The Reading Teacher, and the Journal of Research in Childhood Education. She is also a member of multiple professional organizations such as the American Educational Research Association, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.

National Advisory Board

Dr. Nancy Akhavan

Dr. Karyn Allee

Dr. Donald Bear

Kai-leé Berke

Dr. Almitra Berry

Dr. Sonia Cabell

Dr. Kenneth Kunz

Tammy Lakes

Tammy Lakes

Dr. Julie Scullen

Dr. Cynthia Shanahan

Mannu Sikka

Dr. Antony Smith

Dr. Sharon Vaughn