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With almost 20 years as an educator in Fresno Unified School District, I have taught students from grades kindergarten through twelfth grade; in the general education classroom, resource specialist program, special day class—students with learning disabilities and those with emotional disturbance as well—and as a special education case manager at the high school level. My diverse abilities and knowledge of primary and secondary education give me a unique vantage point from which to view my students’ progression to post-secondary education. As a graduate of the University of California at Irvine, I went on to earn multiple teaching credentials at California State University, Fresno. I furthered my knowledge base of emotional disturbance in teens by earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology at National University and furthered my knowledge of organizational psychology by studying organization development at the California School of Professional Psychology
MFT Intern Trainee at Community Behavioral health Fresno CA; President, Board of Directors for Mental Health America, Central Valley
Teacher affective dispositions and their effect on student achievement and disciplinary actions, restorative discipline, Faith integration in schools, Mental Health in the workplace, phenomenology
Doctoral Dissertation: "A Phenomenological Study of Women and Mental Illness: Stigma and Disclosure in the Workplace."
Honors and Awards:
Paul Douglas Teaching Scholarship
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison; Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes by Therese Borchard; What Would You Do? by John Howard Yoder; The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen
Renee Fleming, Alicia Keys, Pink, Andrea Bocelli, The Eagles
Reading, Forty-Niner Football, Zentangle
Butler MB Church
I have three daughters: Glorianne, 24 is in her second year of a Master of Fine Arts Program in Poetry at Cal State Fresno, Kate, 22 is completing her cosmetology license and Liberty, 19 is a junior at Fresno Pacific majoring in psychology.
Favorite Bible Verse:
Not using people first language, discrimination
Discipline that restores; Special Education; Emotional disturbance in adolescents
BA - UC Irvine 1985, MA in counseling psychology from National University 2007, Psy.D. in Organizational Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology 2013. Teaching Credentials: Multiple Subjects; Special Education Specialist Credential; Resource Specialist credential Clear Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate, Preliminary Administrative Services Authorization Certificate
Orange County, CA
What I Like About FPU:
Teaching at FPU gives me the best of two of my greatest passions: My love for Jesus Christ and my gift of exhortation. When I am able to work with students--giving of myself to help them achieve higher than they ever thought possible and can freely share my belief in the awesomeness of God, then I am living out the life I believe He has planned for me.
John Yoder, Pema Chodron
Discipline That Restores (DTR)
A reproducible step-by-step classroom discipline process to increase cooperation, mutual respect and responsibility in the classroom.
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"Common Sense and the Common Core"
"Days of Our Educators"
"No Need for Stress When Moving Up the Pay Scale! "
"My instructors were very responsive (replied within 24 hours) of my questions. What a great experience!"
Freedom to be Able
A Reading Corner for Teachers
Fostering Student Academic Achievement
Mathematics Teaching & Learning
Art For All
(Jill Gomas Faison)
EdBytes: Common Sense & the Common Core
Classroom Control with Music
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