Kyong-Ah Kwon, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator & Leader
Kyong-Ah Kwon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. She has extensive experience as a teacher of young children and teacher educator in Korea and the United States. She received her doctorate in developmental studies from Purdue University and worked as an associate professor at Georgia State University before coming to the University of Oklahoma (OU). Kwon has an extensive record of scholarly work about classroom quality, teachers’ well-being, and parenting and each of these impact on children’s development. She has been published in prestigious journals, such as Journal of School Psychology, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Kwon has also led several grants that contribute to supporting teachers and improving classroom quality. She was recently awarded the Research Scholarship Award from the Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education at OU.
Kyong-Ah loved her preschool teacher and experience in preschool so much that she made a career decision to be an early childhood teacher at age 5 and never changed her choice ever since. Her grandmother and mother were a teacher in elementary school and she is so proud to live with the legacy as a third generation teacher and teacher educator.
Happy note for early childhood teachers:
It takes a big heart to help shape little minds, and you have that. You are more influential and worthy than you would ever imagine. As a fan and cheerleader for early childhood teachers, our Happy Teacher Project will do whatever we can do to support your well-being and work. Thank you for being YOU!