Associate Professor of Education
Teaching preservice teachers provides an opportunity for continual learning, sharing, and growth. One of my hopes in working in higher education is to instill a love and passion of learning and teaching in my students, as I share my own passion with them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with children.
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Dr. Rakes is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction focused on Elementary Education. She brings a wealth of classroom experience into her instruction as she was a teacher for over 20 years. She earned National Board Teacher Certification in 2005 and was selected as the school representative for Teacher of the Year in 2001 and 2011. Her current research interests include teacher education and the transfer of coursework knowledge to clinical practice.
Dr. Rakes enjoys music, spending time her family, and being a part of a church community.
Ph. D., University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 2015
M.Ed., University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 2010
B.S., Elementary Education, Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL. 1985
Parker, A. K. & Rakes, L. (2020). I almost changed my major: teacher candidates' perceptions of grade level organization and its influence on their professional development. Current Issues in Education.
Powell, R.L., Rakes, L. (2020) A developing partnership: Our growth and goals. In E Garin & R.W. Burns (Eds). Clinically Based Teacher Education in Action: Cases from Professional Development School. Information Age Publishing
Hasson, J., Rakes, L. (submitted, 2019). Discrimination in education (school to prison pipeline). In C. Blankenship, L.Carter, and C Marcum (Eds.) Punishing Gender (chapter 7). Cognella Publishing.
Rakes, L., Powell, R.L., Blevins, B., Giordano, V. (2019) (Revise and Resubmit) Navigating the Functions of the Teacher Educator: Mentor Teachers’ and Teacher Candidates’ Perceptions. The Educational Forum.
Rakes, L., Powell, R.L., Anderson, S., Blevins, B. (November, 2018) Using videos to strengthen mentor teaching. Stories from the Field. https://napds.org/category/stories-from-the-field/
Parker, A. K., Rakes, L., & Arndt, K. (2017). Departmentalized, self-contained, or somewhere in between: Decision-making behind elementary grade level organization. The Educational Forum 81 (3) 236-255.
Rakes, L. (2015). Help! I have to teach math: The nature of a preservice teacher's experiences enacting mathematics instruction in a final internship (Order No. 3718103). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1707901175). Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1707901175?accountid=14745
Edwards, S & Rakes, L. (2015). Boys won't read. In I. R. Berson & M. J. Berson (Eds.), Child advocacy and Early Childhood Education Policies in the Caribbean. A Volume in Research in Global Child Advocacy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Goodmon, L., Leverett, R., Royer, A., Hillard, G., Tedder, T., Rakes, L. (2015) The Effect of Therapy Balls on the Classroom Behavior and Learning of Children with Dyslexia. Journal of Research in Education 24 (2) 124-147.
Rakes, L. Parker A. (2014, March) Reaching Young Adolescents: Developing Relationships for Classroom Management. Association of Middle Level Education Magazine.