To say that Dr. Kimberly McLeod believes in the power of education would be an understatement. With four college degrees completed by the age of 30, McLeod is intentional about achieving goals in life. “There are people who stumble into success, but my success was not by accident,” McLeod said. “I worked hard for it and had great mentors along the way.”
She’s spent her entire career in public education serving in multiple roles such as early childhood education, counseling, public school teaching and administration, and higher education teaching and administration.
Her research began in the area of resiliency and has since grown to include public policy, cultural responsiveness and anti-bias initiatives. As a lifelong educator, she strives in her work and research to build bridges of equity, hope and empowerment. As dean in the College of Education and Human Services, her goal is to be a building block for those on a journey to fulfill their life potential to its fullest.
A Conversation with Dr. Kimberly McLeod
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
“Stop thinking … apply! There’s a popular proverb that says, “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second second best time is today.
Plant your seed now and let those roots begin to grow. A&M-Commerce has a great network of alumni, top-of-the-line professors, innovative and flexible programs, and both an urban and rural experience. What else do you need? Of course, I’d love for you to enroll in the College of Education and Human Services, but whatever major you choose, enroll now. You won’t regret it!”
What draws you to your discipline?
“Teaching is a profession where one drop in the ocean has the potential to create ripples that turn into waves. When I see people taking courageous steps outside of their comfort zone to better their lives, it’s like food for my soul! We can do so much more than our minds can even imagine. My research helps to maximize the unlimited potential of students and the educators who teach them.”
Tell us about an academic project you are working on or recently completed.
“I’m particularly proud of my volunteer work while serving as president of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators. Along with a passionate group of educators, we built relationships representing the diverse demographics in Texas and formed the Texas Educational Policy Institute. We instructed public educators about policy and governance as it relates to public education. As a result, several of our fellows took their education to the next level, two were elected to public office and one worked with city officials to empower those in public education. I was amazed at the number of officials across the state who supported our project.”
- Ed.D., Counselor Education, Texas Southern University
- M.Ed., Education Administration, Texas Southern University
- M.Ed. Counseling, Texas Southern University
- B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Houston–University Park
- Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
- Advocacy and Education Policy
- American Education Research Association
- Texas Alliance of Black School Educators
- Deans for Impact