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Mabel Franks

Mabel has 25 years of experience as a teachers, site administrator and district leader. Her research on effective school reform efforts guides the development of her courses, lesson content, student interactions, and teaching and learning to meet the needs of all students. She enjoys engaging the learner through creative lessons and thought –provoking questions.

Email: mabefranks@yahoo.com

Professional Experience: Teacher, grades 5-8, college level District mentor, demonstration teacher, principal, School administrator elementary/secondary levels Assistant Superintendent Middle School, Special Ed, H. Services Presenter, curriculum developer, AVID, Migrant, GATE

Scholarly Interests: Curriculum and instruction, education reform, systems analysis, innovations, American and ancient history

Job Awards: CA Distinguished School, District Exemplary School

Publications: Effect of the Back-to-Basics Movement on the Development of Higher Order Thinking Skills in High-Performing, High-Technology Schools

Honors and Awards: American Legion Outstanding Student, Resident Academic Scholarship, University Service Scholarship, MSEA Graduate with Distinction University Model United Nations Delegation, University Dignitary Ambassador, Teacher-of-the-Year, Intermediate School, Teacher-of-the-Year, School District, Teacher-of-the-Year, Fresno County finalist , Curriculum and Instruction, Fresno Unified

Recommended Reading: John C. Maxwell's The Maxwell Leadership Bible, Wayne Dyer’s Power of Intention, Ori and Rom Brafman’s Sway Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 104

Subject Expertise: English Language Arts, social science, elementary math, elementary science, organizational leadership, systems thinking and planning, academic interventions

Education: B.S. Commerce, Law minor B.A. Liberal Studies, Social Science minor M.S. Educational Leadership Ed.D. Organization and Educational Leadership

What I Like About FPU: The systemic focus on excellence and personalization of learning