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


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.


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.


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.


Bacallao, M.K. (2019, October 5). The Legislative History of Mental Disorders in Federal Education Programs.  Retrieved from
Bacallao, M.K.  (2017, November 10). Privatization in Public Education through ESSA. Retrieved from p. 19
Bacallao, M.K. (2017, October 6). Historical Changes in Special Education Alternative Assessment.  Retrieved from
Bacallao, M.K. (2017, October 6). Teacher Preparation and Evaluation: Goodbye Qualifications, Hello Effectiveness. Retrieved from
Bacallao, M.K. (2016, November 5). A Discussion and Review of the Every Student Succeeds Act as Passed in 2015.  Retrieved from
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
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


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.