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Elaine Childs

Dr. Childs grew up on a chicken farm outside of Timpson, Texas. People told her that teaching is a stressful profession, but it’s not nearly as bad as picking up eggs.

She has taught English at College of the Mainland since 2011, and before that she taught at Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Tennessee. She lived in Croatia for two years and speaks Croatian a little bit and very badly.

In her free time, Dr. Childs enjoys rock climbing, reading, video games, baking, fostering dogs for Rescue Lane (a chihuahua rescue in Houston), and hanging out with however many dogs live in her house at the moment.

Teaching Philosophy: It’s important to know how to write, but it’s even more important to know how to think critically about the world and how to ask questions. All English classes should help students hone those skills.


Ph.D in English, University of Tennessee. Concentrations in Modernism and women’s writing

M.A. in English, Stephen F. Austin State University

B.A in English, Texas Tech University

COM Courses

  • Composition I – English 1301
  • Composition II – English 1302
  • British Literature
  • British Literature II