Dr. Agnes (Aggie) I. Stryker
- 2002 – Ed.D. in Curriculum, Supervision and Instruction: Reading Emphasis (Texas A&M University-Commerce)
- 1990 – M.S. in Education, East Texas State University (Texas A&M University-Commerce)
- 1984 – Accreditation for teaching multi-sensory reading program, Dean Learning Center (Scottish Rite Hospital; Dallas Texas: Currently connected with Southern Methodist University)
- 1974 – Maternal-Child Health Nursing/Instruction, University of Texas Health Science Center; San Antonio, Texas
- 1966 – B.S. in Elementary Education, Southwest Texas State College (Texas State University)
Classes I currently teach
- ELED 300 - Introduction to Teaching
- ELED 452 - Student Teaching in Field-Based Teacher Education Programs
- ELED 443 - Classroom Management for Teacher Candidates in Culturally Diverse Field-Based Settings
- RDG 360 - Word Analysis Skills
Classes I have taught
- ElEd 514/ElEd 414 - Management and Curriculum Development for Diverse Learners
- EDCI 514 (on-line) - Management and Curriculum Development for Diverse Learners
- ElEd 515/ElEd 415 - Effective Teaching in a Diverse Environment
- EDCI 515 (on-line) - Effective Teaching in a Diverse Environment
- RDG517- Reading and Learning in the Content Area
- RDG 310 - Critical Reading: Theory and Practice
My Professional Interests Include
- Teacher certification
- Teaching and researching literacy
- Researching about and helping those with learning disabilities
- Inventing test-taking strategies to help students succeed on the Texas Teacher Certification Exams
- Raine, L., Reid, M., Styker, A., Clark, R., Frias, L. and Szabo, S. (2011). Online Class versus Face-to-Face class: How do undergraduate education students perform? In Morrison, Boggs, Martin and Szabo (Eds), Literacy Promises: Yearbook of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (Vol. 33)
- Stryker, A. & Sazbo, S. (2010) “Building a Community of Learners:Linking Writing and the ABC’s of Culture.” English in Texas, 40 (1), 31-37.
- Thompson, J. & Stryker, A. (2010). A Tale of Two Talents: How Two Early Childhood Teacher Educators Use Peer Reflection to Examine Their Practices. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 31(2), 185-199.
- Stryker, A. & Sazbo, S. (2009) “Investigating alternative-certification teachers’ self-efficacy and outcome expectancy beliefs toward the teaching of reading.”) College Reading Association Yearbook (Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers).
- Stryker, A. (2005) An Intervention Program For Helping Precertified Teachers Succeed on the Teacher Licensing Exams. College Reading Association Yearbook.
- Stryker , A & Linek, W., .& Rudd, L. (2010). Betty S. Heathington. A chapter in The College Reading Association Legacy: A Celebration of Fifty Years of Literacy Leadership, Vol I. Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers), 327-332.
- Stryker, A. (2008) “Taking A Teacher A Licensing Exam: Why Do I Have To Take A Licensing Exam? And How Can I Pass Them?” A chapter in text in press (Sampson, M. R., Editor)
- Stryker, A.(1975-1979). San Antonio Family Magazine (Fathers and Mothers in Learning years). San Antonio Light: Contributing Monthly Columnist
- Stryker, A.(1975-1979). American Baby. Meredith Publishing Corporation: Contributing Monthly Columnist
- Tale of Two Talents with Dr. Josh Thompson, American Association for Teaching & Curriculum, Austin, TX Oct, 20008
- Investigating Alternative-Certification Teachers’ Self-Efficacy and Out-come Expectancy Beliefs toward the Teaching of Reading with Susan Sabo and Brenda Smith CRA Conference, Utah, Nov, 2007
- “An Extended Inquiry into Successful Reading,” with Dr. Ginny Currin, Association of Teacher Educators, Dallas, February, 2004
- “An Unconventional Perspective of the Reading-Learning Process.” College Reading Association, Corpus Christi, TX, October, 2003
- “Content Comprehension Circles: Literature Circles with Expository Text,” with Dr. Linda Hurst, College Reading Association, Corpus Christi, TX, October, 2003
- “Helping Precertified Teachers Succeed on State Certification Examinations: A Journey in Perception, Metacognition and Self-Efficacy,” College Reading Association, Corpus Christi, TX, October, 2003
- “An Inquiry into Successful Reading,” with Dr. Ginny Currin, Association of Teacher Educators, Santa Fe, NM, August, 2003
- “How Hard Would It Be To Be An English Language Learner or Have a Learning Disability,” Presented at Bill Martin Symposium, TAMU-Commerce, May 2011
- Being a Male in Early Childhood Programs, Presented at Dallas NAEYC July 2008, with Dr. Josh Thompson
- “Examining Alternative Certification Pre-certified Teachers’ Self-Efficacy and Out-come Expectancy Beliefs toward the Teaching of Reading,” with Dr. Susan Szabo and Dr. Brenda Smith, Southwest Education Research Association Conference, Austin, TX. February, 2006
- “Making Books Come Alive” with Betty Jean Kennedy, Bill Martin Symposium, TAMU-Commerce, April, 2005
- “Assessment in Reading” with Dr. Ginny Currin, Presented at Texas A&M University Assessment Conference, April, 2003
- “Critical Reading and Test-taking Skills beyond the Primary Grades,” Dallas Academic Language Therapy Conference, April 2002
- “From Their Point of View: A New Perspective on Dyslexia Programs for Middle and High School Students” Region X Education Service Center, February, 2002
- “Study Skills and Test Taking Techniques for High School Students,” Dyslexia Teacher Academy: Region X Education Service Center, August, 2000
- “Comprehension Strategies for Older Students,” Academic Language Therapy Association Continuing Education Program, Dallas TX, March, 1998
State and Local Presentations
- "Help Them Learn How To Learn” Bill Martin Jr Symposium, 2013
- “How Hard Would It Be To Be An ELL or LD Learner?” Bill Martin Jr Symposium, 2012
- “The Challenge of Alternative Certification,” Associate of Arts in Teaching Symposium: TAMU-Commerce, March, 2005
- “What Makes Reading a Challenge for Students?” Texas Association for the Teaching of Reading Conference, October, 2005
- “What’s New In Children’s Literature and How Can We Use It?” Bill Martin Jr Symposium, 2003
Study Skills and Test Taking Techniques for Older Student; Academic Language Therapy Association Spring Conference, Dallas, TX, April, 1999
- “Your Teaching Style and Their Learning Styles," American Language Therapy Association Conference, Houston, TX, March, 1993
- "Helping Students Understand Their Learning Style" with Dr. J. Vaughan’s and Dr. Susan Weaver, Texas Education Association Conference, March, 1991
- "Remediation for Transfer Students Reading Below Grade Level," Township of North Kingstown, School Service Center, January, 1970
A few service projects I have been involved in:
- Plano Independent School Board’s Advisory Committee, Visions
- Brookhaven Community College (DCCD) Alternative Certification Advisory Committee Board
- Plano Independent School Board’s Advisory Committee for Education of Dyslexic Students
- TAMU-Commerce Alternative Certification Advisory Committee
I was named Agnes, but after moving to Texas and dating students from Texas A&M, I was nicknamed “Aggie.” I married Allen Stryker (a Texas Aggie) in 1967. Allen has endured my teaching almost every grade level in various states and grades, for civilian schools and military schools. We have 3 adult kids and 3 fantastic grandkids. If you are in my classes sometimes you get to hear about them. My goal is to help students learn to be the teacher that I would want teaching my grandkids.
Even though teaching is what I enjoy most, when I taught in San Antonio, TX, I was talked into writing a monthly article for San Antonio F.A.M.I.L.Y Magazine. After a few years, I changed my focus in education and began to work with obstetricians, teaching childbirth classes and attending deliveries. From 1974 until 1986 I worked with doctors in San Antonio, TX, St. Charles, MO, and in Plano, TX. In 1986 I again changed my focus and became certified to teach dyslexic and at-risk students. I opened a private practice in Plano where I provided academic therapy to primarily secondary students. Working with the cooperation of Plano Independent School District, I helped teach reading skills, writing skills, critical thinking and test-taking skills to students. During that time I gave various in-services to different schools, various special interest groups, and for Region X. I also served as a member of Plano ISD’s School Board Special Academic Services Advisory Committee. While teaching for Texas A&M University-Commerce I helped develop the Gateway Program and the Alternative Certification Program.
I wish I could tell you I have lots of hobbies. Mainly everything I do is connected with the university. I participate in the Bill Martin Symposium, am on a few committees, and volunteer my services when I think they are needed. In reality I am not good at too many things I’ve tried (like softball, sewing & knitting, or painting), so I just have fun enjoying life, my kids and grandkids, and my students.