About Dr B.

Education is my second career. My first was in marketing and communications. This first career was launched right during the same week I graduated from UCLA with my Bachelor’s degree when I went to work for Mattel Toys, Inc. I continued in this field for almost two decades, including writing, graphic design, video production, and fundraising roles with both salaried and consulting work that spanned Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and small businesses (including one of my own). Throughout the first career, I always felt that something was missing, so I went back to school to become a teacher and have lived every moment since thrilled with this decision. I have been an educator for since 2001 and have served in various roles from teacher, to curriculum administration, assistant principal, principal, and educational consultant.

EDUCATION

  • University of Missouri, Saint Louis, MO: Ph.D. in Teaching- Learning Processes
  • National-Louis University, Wheeling, IL: Master of Arts in Teaching
  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (cognitive development emphasis)
Texas Certifications

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION- Developed through both academic work & practice

  • social-emotional learning, being strengths-based & developing growth mindsets
  • exploration of relationships between cognitive science, neuroscience, and educational practice
  • effectively working with parents & community members to best serve kids
  • development & implementation of differentiated curriculum
  • designing & implementing professional development for teachers
  • foundational literacy & assessment
  • adolescent literacy & assessment
  • assessment- formative & summative
  • effective writing instruction
  • diagnosis and remediation of learning & literacy difficulties
  • program evaluation
  • Critical Friends Groups coaching/facilitation