Kymyona Burk Ed.D.
State Literacy Director (K-12), Mississippi Department of Education
Dr. Kymyona Burk is the K-12 State Literacy Director for the Mississippi Department of
Education (MDE). Dr. Burk leads the state-level implementation of the Literacy-Based
Promotion Act and collaborates with stakeholders to ensure that all students are proficient
readers by third grade, meet or exceed state standards in reading, and graduate ready for the
literacy demands of career and college.
Dr. Burk’s experience includes teaching, training, and coaching in the areas of reading, writing,
and literacy. She is the former Literacy Coordinator for the Mississippi Learning Institute at
Jackson State University and has served as a school-based literacy coach, district Consortium on
Reading Excellence (C.O.R.E.) Literacy Trainer, and instructor of reading and English on
elementary, secondary, and undergraduate levels. Dr. Burk has presented research and conducted
professional development on local, state, and national forums, including the American
Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference.
Dr. Burk currently serves as a member of the Mississippi Reading Panel, an Advisory Board
member for the Mississippi Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, an advisory member to the
Board of Directors of The Reading League, a member of the Higher Education Literacy Council,
and member of the Governor's Task Force for Teacher Preparation in Early Literacy Instruction.
She received a Doctorate in Early Childhood Education, Specialist in Secondary
Education/English, Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Master of Arts in Teaching
English, and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Jackson State University.