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Dr. Karon LeCompte

Dr. Karon LeCompte currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction within Baylor’s School of Education. She joined the Baylor faculty in 2010 following appointments at Vanderbilt University, where she was an assistant clinical professor, and at Southwestern University where she served as an instructor. Dr. LeCompte has also worked with students in the gifted program of Round Rock Independent School District.

Dr. LeCompte earned her B.S. in Elementary Education and English and M.A. in Gifted Education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching interests are in social studies education and leadership theory. Dr. LeCompte’s research interest is in civics education. She has authored or co-authored over 25 book chapters and articles on topics related to civics education and leadership. She has presented her work at state, national and international conferences. Dr. LeCompte was named the “Baylor iCivics Fellow" in 2012, when she spent six weeks in Washington, D.C. working with the national iCivics team formed by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Joining Dr. LeCompte in this endeavor is her husband, Randy, who is an avid golfer. They are both active members of Trinity Lutheran Church at Badger Ranch and have three adult children, Philip, Alison, and Brandon, and a beagle named “Ozzy."

Of this FIR appointment, Dr. LeCompte says, “I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to live and work as Allen-Dawson LEAD LLC faculty-in-residence. One of my favorite songs is Kat Edmonson’s “be the change that you want to see,"based on a Gandhi quote. I look forward to building rich, rewarding relationships with students, staff, and faculty in the LEAD LLC program. Leadership is a process that promotes positive changes in people and communities. Randy and I are excited to begin a journey based on leadership and service."