Dr. Kirkley was responsible for the development of the Nicholls birth to five/early interventionist education degree program, the first of its kind in the United States. Since 2000, she has also secured more than $1.5 million in grant money.
Kirkley began her career at Raceland Junior High as a vocational home economics teacher. She has taught in the Nicholls family and consumer science department since 1981, serving as department head since 2000. Kirkley is certified as a Family and Consumer Sciences Professional and serves as a child development associate education consultant for Lafourche Parish Head Start.
In addition to her accomplishments and certifications, Kirkley is an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Louisiana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society and the Council for Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Kirkley has received the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award and the Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence.
In her spare time, Kirkley enjoys reading, singing, horseback riding and Harley riding with her husband, Johnny. Together, they also enjoy spending quality time with their three children.
B.S., M.Ed., Nicholls State University; Ed.D., Louisiana State University
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