Profile

Education

B.A. – Trinity International University, 1988
M.S. – Florida Atlantic University, 1991
Ed.S. – Florida Atlantic University, 1994
Ed.D. – Florida Atlantic University, 1996

Biography

Dr. Mary Kay Bacallao is a professor in the Tift College of Education.  Her areas of specialty are elementary education, reading, math, science, social studies, English language learners, and educational leadership.  Prior to her appointment to Mercer University’s Tift College of Education in 2003, she was an elementary level teacher in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, a visiting assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University, and an associate professor at St. Thomas University in Miami.  She wrote and managed several Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology grants from the U.S. Department of Education.  Her current research interests include education policy and legislation as well as developing creative ways of teaching math and science at the elementary level.

Teaching

Mary Kay Bacallao taught elementary school for 9 years and has been teaching both graduate and undergraduate university classes for teachers in science, mathematics, English as a second language, educational technology, curriculum, foundations of education, field experience and educational psychology since 1996.    She is a certified teacher in Mathematics K-12, Science K-12, Educational Leadership K-12, Early Childhood P-5, and English as a Second Language.

Scholarship

Dr. Mary Kay Bacallao researches the effect of state and federal education legislation on classroom level education policies.  She is also involved in creating innovative teaching methods for math and science at the elementary and middle school levels.

Publications

Bacallao, M.K. (2019, October 5). The Legislative History of Mental Disorders in Federal Education Programs.  Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/gera/2019/2019/27.
Bacallao, M.K.  (2017, November 10). Privatization in Public Education through ESSA. Retrieved from https://educationlaw.org/images/pdf/2017/annualconference/2017/AC17confprogram_Nov21_W.pdf. p. 19
Bacallao, M.K. (2017, October 6). Historical Changes in Special Education Alternative Assessment.  Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/gera/2017/2017/24.
Bacallao, M.K. (2017, October 6). Teacher Preparation and Evaluation: Goodbye Qualifications, Hello Effectiveness. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/gera/2017/2017/34.
Bacallao, M.K. (2016, November 5). A Discussion and Review of the Every Student Succeeds Act as Passed in 2015.  Retrieved from https://educationlaw.org/images/pdf/2016/ac16program_nov16_w.pdf.
Bacallao, M.K. (2016, November 6). Problem Solving Strategies in Math and Science for Grades K-8. Association for the Advancement of Educational Research.
Bacallao, M.K. Gallon Fraction Measurement Set. SI Manufacturing. Retrieved from http://www.simanufacturing.com/download/pdf/gallon-fraction_measurement_set.pdf.
Whatley, C. & Bacallao, M.K. (2011). In Gallenstein, N. & Hodges, D., Editors, Mathematics for All: Instructional Strategies to Assist Students with Learning Challenges. Association for Childhood Education International

Service

Mary Kay Bacallao has served on the Tift College of Education’s Executive Committee as Chair.  She has also been Chair of the House of Delegates Ad Hoc By Laws Committee, and the Tenure, Promotion and Review Committee of Tift College of Education.  She served as Chair of Tift’s By Laws, Policies and Procedures Committee for 2 years.  She currently serves on Tift’s Assessment and Undergraduate Curriculum Committees and on Mercer’s university wide House of Delegates Research Committee.