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Professional Profile

With over a decade of experience in primary and secondary education in traditional public school districts and equal experience in community schools, Dr. TK Kuykendall serves as the Coordinator of Data, Data Systems, and State Reporting at Lakewood City Schools. Dr. Kuykendall also serves as adjunct faculty at Cleveland State University, College of Education and Human Services. The combination of practical, technical, and research experience at the primary, secondary, and post-secondary levels make Dr. Kuykendall a highly skilled and uniquely positioned individual.

Experience: About Me


Teaching History

PT Instructor, Cleveland State University

as needed

Courses Taught

  • EGT 512: Nature and  Developmental Needs of Gifted Learners

  • EGT 582: Action Research in Gifted Education

  • EDB 241: Social Context of Urban Education

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Work History

Coordinator, Lakewood CSD

February 2015 - Present

Manage the Data Accountability Department, a team of three to four individuals. Coordinate the collection, maintenance, and reporting of district data in accordance with state requirements. Manage the student information system. Innovate solutions for increasing assess to data, including primary data system integration with third-party programs. Re-imagine and redesign processes for efficiency. Convert paper processes to electronic processes. Serve as a consultant and collaborator for interdepartmental initiatives.

EMIS Coordinator, Westlake CSD

Coordinated the collection, maintenance, and reporting of district data in accordance with state requirements. Managed the student information system.

August 2013 - February 2015

Compliance Manager, Breakthrough Schools

December 2012 - August 2013

Supported and managed compliance coordinators. Maintained and distributed a compliance calendar and timeline of events for the network. Provided system support for the student information system and other state reporting systems. Reviewed new rules and regulations.

Manager and Specialist, White Hat

August 2009 - December 2012

Monitored and audited the work of eleven student data specialists/EMIS coordinators. Trained and assisted new student data specialists/EMIS coordinators in the collection and maintenance of their student information systems. Processed and submitted data, for seven K-8 schools, and four high schools, to the Ohio Department of Education for all major reporting periods. Traveled to schools as needed to provide support to individual specialists/coordinators. Maintained and increased knowledge of state reporting rules and regulations through the ITC and ODE training and workshops. Managed, updated, and maintained the collection and reporting of student data including demographics, test scores, courses, attendance, etc. Worked closely with school administration, teachers, students, and corporate staff to collect and report accurate and timely student data. Registered and enrolled students at the drop-out recovery program. Implemented and managed the finger scanning operation and student sign-in sheets for more efficient record keeping of student attendance. Prepared for and assisted with internal and ODE student enrollment and attendance audits.

Coordinator, Lighthouse Academies

Managed the office for two community schools. Updated and maintained Community School ADM System and School Enrollment Options System. Updated and maintained the Education Management Information System (EMIS). Served as an internal auditor for the School Nutrition Program.

August 2007 - August 2009

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Understanding the challenges and experiences of culturally different individuals in advanced academic and professional spaces

  • Gifted Education: underrepresentation; academic identity; deficit-thinking; equity; best match programming; educational fit; appropriate education gifted individualized education programs

  • Higher Education: underrepresentation; African American females; identity management, imposter syndrome

  • Professional Spaces: underrepresentation; African American females; Black intellectualism; identity management

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Advisory Board

Gifted Advisory Council, Ohio Department of Education, Columbus, OH (2020)

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Kuykendall, T. M. (2020). “Giftedness and Contextualized Culture.” Guest presenter at the Lakewood City Schools professional development for teachers of gifted learners, Lakewood, OH.

Kuykendall, T. M. (2019). “Gifted students’ learning environments: Impact of self-contained units on elementary student math achievement.” Inaugural College of Education and Human Services Research Day at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH.

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  • Alpha Kappa Delta (International Honor Society of Sociology)

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  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Law and Education

Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent

Workplace Learning

Division L - Educational Policy and Politics

Division D - Measurement and Research Methodologies Division G - Social Context of Education

Division H - Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Schools

  • ​Pi Lambda Theta (Education Honor Society)

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  • Ohio Association of Gifted Children (OAGC)

Coordinator Division

Higher Education

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