Sarah (Katie) Alaniz, EdD

Assistant Professor of Education


  • EdD, Curriculum and Instruction, Emphasis in Learning, Design, and Technology, University of Houston
  • MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, Emphasis in Instructional Technology, Houston Baptist University
  • BBA, Marketing, Texas A&M University


Courses Taught

  • Multimedia Instructional Strategies
  • Technology Enhanced Instructional Design
  • Educational Applications of Technology
  • Elementary School Curriculum and Instruction
  • Secondary School Curriculum and Instruction
  • Teaching Methodology for the Professional
  • Curriculum and Instruction (K-12)
  • Internet Resource Management
  • Essential Elements of Math

Teaching Focus

Dr. Alaniz’s primary focus is curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in digital learning and collegial coaching.

Awards and Honors

  • Johnny and Mia Carrabba Faculty Grant Recipient, River Oaks Baptist School, 2014
  • Joe and Lee Mountain Scholar, University of Houston, 2013 – 2014
  • Faith Gladstone Marshall Endowment Scholar, University of Houston, 2012 – 2013
  • John Croft Endowment Scholar – Educational Leadership, University of Houston, 2012 – 2013
  • Guild Scholar, Houston Baptist University, 2010 – 2011
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars Member, Texas A&M University, 2000 – 2003
  • The National Dean’s List Scholar, 2000 – 2003
  • Mitte Foundation Scholar, Texas A&M University, 2000 – 2003

Additional Information

Dr. Alaniz teaches undergraduate and graduate education courses at HBU, through which she is tremendously blessed by the opportunity to work alongside students seeking to make a positive impact in schools and society.
As an instructional technologist and elementary teacher of twelve years in both public and private school settings, Dr. Alaniz has grown increasingly passionate about guiding and supporting fellow educators in meaningfully incorporating enriching and engaging digital tools within their classroom learning environments.
She received her doctoral degree in Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Houston, where she worked as the lead facilitator of the teacher education program, guiding preservice teachers in reflecting upon and developing their professional practices.  Dr. Alaniz has worked collaboratively to author two books on the power of collegial coaching for technology integration and enhancing today’s classrooms with multimedia.  Additionally, she has published a number of academic articles and presented at a variety of educational conferences in the United States and abroad.  Her primary research interests include digital learning, collegial coaching, and teacher education.
Dr. Alaniz and her husband attend Houston’s First Baptist Church and together enjoy serving their community through a nonprofit outreach program called Apartment Life.
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