A doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction: Language, Diversity, and Literacy Studies in the College of Education at Texas Tech University. She is a reading specialist and educational consultant with 27 years of experience in education. She served in the roles of the classroom teacher, literacy instructional coach, and instructional grant administrator before changing her career focus. She also worked at the University of Texas at Austin Institute for Public School Initiatives as a regional reading technical assistance specialist, statewide coordinator, and reading grant reviewer. She received a B.A. in Public Relations-Communications from the University of Central Oklahoma, a M.Ed. in Language Literacy from Texas Tech University, and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lubbock Christian University.
A doctoral candidate in English at Texas Tech University in the areas of African American literature, trauma studies, and cultural studies. She has a publication forthcoming in Women, Gender, and Families of Color, a publication in Sport in American History, and a co-authored publication in Spark: A 4C4Equality Journal. Apryl completed her B.A. in English at Texas Tech and her M.A. in English at Texas A&M University-Commerce.