Tracey Tedder, Ph.D.
Dean of Education
Associate Professor of Education
“I believe that classrooms should be safe, student centered, and welcoming where active participation is promoted. Collaboration, problem solving, and critical thinking must be fostered and students should be encouraged to share their opinions, as well as respect the opinions of others. Creating this kind of a safe classroom environment makes learning conducive for a variety of learning styles and needs.”
As the Dean of the School of Education at Florida Southern College, Dr. Tedder is responsible for the educational leadership and quality of the College’s highly respected Education program. Our program offers undergraduate, evening, and graduate degrees, as well as the Preschool and Kindergarten Lab School, The Roberts Center for Learning and Literacy, and The Roberts Academy, the first transitional school for talented children with dyslexia in the state of Florida. Dr. Tedder has a background in educational leadership, elementary education, and early childhood education, and experience as both a classroom teacher and school administrator.
She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of South Florida, and Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degrees from St. Leo College. She holds a State of Florida Professional Teacher Certification in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education, as well as Florida Administrator Certification in Educational Leadership. Her research and scholarly work have focused on educational leadership issues and their impact on improving student FCAT scores and on the effectiveness of child study teams and intervention assistance teams at the elementary school level.
Dr. Tedder has taught at the college level for many years and prior to that, served as an assistant principal and elementary school teacher in the Polk County Schools.
Doctorate of Education, Educational Leadership, University of South Florida
M.Ed., B.A., Educational Leadership, St. Leo College
Florida Professional Certification, Early Childhood Education, Florida Southern College
Honors and Awards
- Recipient of Top Five Faculty Student Evaluations - 2006/2008
- Inaugural Year Academic Advising Award, Southeastern University - 2006
- Teacher of the Year, Top Ten Finalist, Polk County Public Schools - 1997
- Southwest Area Educator of the Year, Polk County Public Schools - 1997
- Teacher of the Year, Southwest Elementary School, Polk County Public Schools - 1997
- Outstanding Education Graduate, St. Leo College - 1992
Publications and Exhibitions
Roberts Academy: Reading and Literacy Scores in Children with Dyslexia; Does Planned Movement Really Make a Difference. 2010-current
Exploring the Foundations of American Education, P. Castelli, Chapter 9, 2009
Ed.D. Dissertation: Perceptions of Principals and Teachers of Their Role and Other Variables Within School Culture in Improving Their School’s Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) Letter Grade by Two Grade Levels (University of South Florida: October 2006)
Abstract submitted: American Educational Research Association, Perceptions of Principals and Teachers of Their Role and Other Variables Within School Culture in Improving Their School’s Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) Letter Grade by Two Grade Levels (submitted January 2007)
M.Ed. Thesis: A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Child Study Teams (CST) and Intervention Assistance Teams (IAT) at the Elementary School Level