Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Karen Paciotti

An Outstanding Islander

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Caring Impact

Dr. Karen Paciotti has spent years researching the characteristics of what teachers and students each consider to be “caring teacher behaviors.” That’s why it has become increasingly important for Paciotti to spread the vital message of caring to new educators through modeling preferred practices and instructional strategies that will help make a positive impact on student learning and success. The assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education, who began teaching at the Island University in fall 2007, received her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1977 as part of the first graduating class of Corpus Christi State University, where she was a charter member of the Xi Omicron chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education. Today, she serves as one of the advisors for the University’s Xi Omicron chapter. She also holds a master’s degree from Lamar University and her doctorate from Stephen F. Austin State University. Prior to teaching at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, she held adjunct faculty positions at Lamar University in Beaumont and at the University of Houston. The two-time recipient of The Texas A&M University System’s Teaching Excellence Award has also taught music, elementary school, middle school English and has experience as a special education inclusion teacher and chair of a special education department. Through her research Paciotti has found that struggling students and those with disciplinary issues respond best to teachers that care about them as a person, maintain a strict but respectable classroom environment and search for new methods and hands-on activities to stimulate their learning interests. Paciotti, who has been certified by the State of Texas as a K-8 classroom teacher, master reading teacher, English as a Second Language teacher, special education teacher and principal, will return in summer to Beaumont, Texas, to conduct further research on the same group of students to measure their level of success over the last four years. She also prepares pre-service teachers for today’s challenges of state accountability measures which include passing required certifications and exams. Paciotti represents the College of Education on the Honors Council of the University’s Honors Program, the Center for Faculty Excellence, and is a past member of the Faculty Senate.

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