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Location  215 Edge Hall
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Lori Rakes, M.Ed., Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Teaching preservice teachers provides an opportunity for continual learning, sharing, and growth. One of my hopes in working in higher education is to instill a love and passion of learning and teaching in my students, as I share my own passion with them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with children.”

Dr. Rakes is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction focused on Elementary Education. She brings a wealth of classroom experience into her instruction as she was a teacher for over 20 years. She earned National Board Teacher Certification in 2005 and was selected as the school representative for Teacher of the Year in 2001 and 2011. Her current research interests include teacher education and the transfer of coursework knowledge to clinical practice.

Dr. Rakes enjoys music, spending time her family, and being a part of a church community.


Ph. D., University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
M.Ed., University of South Florida Polytechnic, Lakeland, FL
B.S., Elementary Education, Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL

Honors and Awards

  • Served on the advisory board for the "Go Math" series
  • Dr. Mary Virginia Peaslee Educator Makes A Difference Award, Florida Southern College - 2013
  • Cleveland Court Elementary Teacher of the Year - 2011
  • National Board Certified Teacher - 2005
  • Cleveland Court Elementary Teacher of the Year - 2001

Publications or Exhibitions

Rakes, L. (2015). Help! I have to teach math: The nature of a preservice teacher's experiences enacting mathematics instruction in a final internship (Order No. 3718103). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1707901175). Retrieved from

Edwards, S & Rakes, L. (2015). Boys won't read. In I. R. Berson & M. J. Berson (Eds.), Child advocacy and Early Childhood Education Policies in the Caribbean. A Volume in Research in Global Child Advocacy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Goodmon, L., Leverett, R., Royer, A., Hillard, G., Tedder, T., Rakes, L. (2015) The Effect of Therapy Balls on the Classroom Behavior and Learning of Children with Dyslexia. Journal of Research in Education 24 (2) 124-147.

Rakes, L. Parker A. (2014, March) Reaching Young Adolescents: Developing Relationships for Classroom Management. Association of Middle Level Education Magazine.