A native of Sumter County, Alabama, Altheria Caldera, formerly Altheria Clark, has been committed to education her entire adult life. After graduating from Stillman College in 1996 with a B.A. in English, she earned a Master’s of Education in English Education from the University of West Alabama in 1998 and began her teaching career the same year. After teaching middle school English and reading for six years, she transitioned to the community college as an English, then education, instructor. During her eight-year tenure at the community college, she was promoted from full-time instructor to program coordinator, then department chair, and ultimately dean. A highlight among her professional experiences at the community college was being awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Teaching, the institution’s highest teaching honor.
In 2012, she stepped away from her position as dean and became a full-time doctoral student in the College of Education at Texas Christian University, graduating in 2016 with a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. In the fall of 2016, she began a tenure-track faculty position in the department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M University-Commerce, a member of the Texas A&M University system. In this role, her teaching and research focus primarily on equipping teachers to effectively teach students of colors and students from low-income backgrounds.
Dr. Caldera has lived in Fort Worth, Texas for 14 years but still calls Alabama home. She is married to her best friend, Francisco Caldera, with whom she loves to travel.