Carol Paxton, Ph.D.

Carol Paxton has worked in education for 25 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia and a master’s in Reading Education from the University of North Texas. Most recently, Carol has collaborated with state departments of education, teachers and higher education faculty to create and implement content exams and portfolio assessments for teacher and administrator licensure.

The focus of Carol’s research has been on the analysis and improvement of social and emotional support processes influencing high-quality educational outcomes and the role of teachers in these dynamic systems. She has co-authored publications exploring correlations between perceptions of collective teacher efficacy, and relational trust among school staff, with observed instructional performance in the classroom. Carol’s interest in the social and emotional competencies of both students and school staff stems from her past experiences as an elementary and middle school educator.