Karyn Allee-Herndon earned a PhD in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida (BAE '93 & MEd
'94 in Elementary Education/ECE from the University of Florida EdS '09 in Educational Leadership from Stetson University). Dr.
Allee-Herndon's professional experiences include teaching primary grades 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, her primary 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.