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Cara Djonko-Moore

Assistant Professor


Djonko-Moore came to UT from Philadelphia, PA, when she completed her doctoral degree in Urban Education at Temple University.  Since being in Knoxville, she has committed herself to research, teaching, and community service that focuses on improving education for vulnerable children, including children of color and children in poverty.  She teaches courses in early childhood education and diversity, and she partners with local Title 1 schools.  Djonko-Moore’s research frequently includes graduate students who assist with data collection and analysis.  She recently started a new research project alongside an undergraduate student through the Educational Advancement Program’s Summer Research Institute.  Djonko-Moore’s community involvement includes partnering with local organizations such as the Knoxville Urban League and the National Pan Hellenic Counsel to advocate for and serve Knoxville’s minority populations.


  • Culturally responsive teaching in early childhood contexts
  • Teacher mobility and attrition in urban schools
  • Teacher education


  • Ph.D, Urban Education, Temple University, 2011
  • MSEd, Elementary Education, University of Pennsylvania, 2003
  • BA, Psychology, Northwestern University, 2002

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Recent Publications

Djonko-Moore, C. M., & Joseph, N. M. (2016). Out of the Classroom and Into the City. SAGE Open, 6 (2), 2158244016649648.

Djonko-Moore, C. M. & Traum. L. C. (2015). The influence of early childhood educators’ teacher preparation and efficacy on culturally responsive teaching practices. Teacher Education & Practice 28(1), 156-176.

Djonko-Moore, C. M. (2015).  An exploration of teacher attrition and mobility in high poverty racially isolated schools. Race Ethnicity and Education. doi: 10.1080/13613324.2015.1013458


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