Jadyn Laixely

Jadyn LaixelyVisiting Assistant Professor

McGuffey Hall 301K


Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
M.M. - Music Education, Southern Methodist University
B.A. - Vocal Performance, San Francisco State University


Dr. Laixely is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University, with over 16 years of combined early childhood, elementary, high school, and university teaching experience. Her educational and scholarly activity complement each other, with an emphasis toward anti-racist, anti-oppressive, abolitionist pedagogy and teacher perspectives.

Currently, Dr. Laixely is in the process of developing research articles for journal publication, derived from her dissertation research in which she worked with Black girls to examine identity and overdiscipline in public school spaces. A former elementary music teacher, Dr. Laixely values the arts and aesthetics as well as mindfulness/meditation and SEL practices in relation to teacher education, child development and play, and research with children.

In the university classroom, she values five tenets: Model, Chase the Why, Become Comfortable with Discomfort, Be Kind but Ask the Hard Questions, and Teach Humans First.

Dr. Laixely lives with her wife, Korina, two cats, Boo and Tiki, and their dog Howler. Ask her questions about Star Wars.

Research Interests

Interrogation of hegemonic educational structures, including the following:
• Teacher positionality
• The structures and ecology surrounding the overdiscipline of children (particularly Black girls) in school
• Discipline structures including school codes of conduct
• Forms of resistance for P-12 children

Teaching Interests

Shifting the lens through which classroom mechanisms are constructed and engaged
• Anti-oppressive and anti-racist curriculum design
• Classroom connection, families, and society

Professional Affiliations

• 2017-present American Educational Research Association
• 2021-present American Sociological Association
• 2008-2016 American Orff-Schulwerk Association Professional Licensures & Certifications
• 2007-2019 Music K-12, Texas State Board for Educator Certification
• 2011 Orff-Schulwerk Level III Music Educator Certification, Southern Methodist University

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Martinez Negrette, G., Laixely, J., Cordoba, T.E., & Sanders-Smith, S.C. “So, we start from zero”: Lessons and reflections from online preschool during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Early Childhood Research. March 2022. doi:10.1177/1476718X221083410