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Dr. Daniel Reyes-Guerra
Dr. Daniel Reyes-Guerra

Dr. Daniel Reyes-Guerra is currently an Assistant Professor in the School Leaders Program at the Department of Educational Leadership (EDL) at Florida Atlantic University. Teaching courses ranging from School Improvement on the doctoral level to Educational Governance and the Principal Internship on the Masters level, Dr. Reyes-Guerra is currently conducting research and writing about innovative district-university partnerships and internships, strategic leadership actions and thinking, and the promotion of social justice in public schools.

Since graduating from Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1983, Daniel Reyes-Guerra has engaged in a range of professional experiences from owning and operating a furniture factory to overseeing the operations of a Central American coffee farm. However, what he qualifies as his most important and meaningful work has been as an educator. He taught grades 6-12 for six years in the American School of Guatemala and the American School of El Salvador, earned his M.Ed. from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, spent two years as an assistant principal, and then seven years as a secondary school principal at the American School of Asuncion in Asuncion, Paraguay. As a part of its “Grow Your Own” program, Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) College of Education hired Reyes-Guerra as the “Principal-in-Residence,” during which time he taught as a full-time member of the Educational Leadership (EDL) faculty while he earned his Ph.D.

Reyes-Guerra currently coordinates the School Leaders masters-level internship courses and programs across all the different school districts that the EDL serves. He represents the EDL as its liaison to both Broward and Miami-Dade school districts, coordinating programs and implementing new initiatives in both districts.

Dr. Hudson Thomas
Dr. Hudson Thomas

Currently the principal at Pompano Beach High School, Dr. Hudson Thomas has been with the Broward County Public School System for 25 years. Prior to his assignment at Pompano High, Dr. Thomas was the principal at Margate Middle School as well as principal of Palm View Elementary School.

As a vital member of PROPEL for over a year to date, not only has Dr. Thomas worked to construct various courses the program has offered, but he has worked as a professional trainer for several professional development trainings.

Dr. Eric Miller
Dr. Eric Miller

Dr. Eric Miller received his B.A. degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and his Masters and Doctorate degrees from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He is currently the principal of Banyan Elementary and former principal of Walker and Dillard Elementary Schools.

He is affiliated with numerous civic and community organizations including but not limited to the following: member of the NAACP, Urban League of Broward County, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Mount Olive Baptist Church, Nan Knox Boys and Girls Club Board Member, and the National Association of Black School Educators.

In addition, Dr. Miller has received numerous awards for his work with students, teachers and non-instructional staff in Broward County.

Dr. Ira Bogotch
Dr. Ira Bogotch

Ira Bogotch has been a Professor at Florida Atlantic University since 2000. Prior to that he was on faculty at the University of New Orleans. He has been a private school principal (K-12) and has worked in local, state, and national government agencies as well as in Higher Education administration. He serves as the Associate Editor of theInternational Journal of Leadership of Education. Ira's research interests arein principalship studies, socio cultural influences on schools, leadership for social justice, and critical research methodologies.

Dr. Joanne Harrison
Dr. Joanne Harrison

Dr. Joanne Harrison serves as the Chief Officer of the Office of Portfolio Services for the School Board of Broward County, the sixth largest school district in the United States.

Prior to this position, Dr. Harrison served as Deputy Superintendent of Educational Programs & Student Support Services. Dr. Harrison was responsible for 16 departments that provide support services for the District.

In recognition of her dedication to her profession, Dr. Harrison has received numerous national honors, some of which include the U.S. Department of Education’s National Award for the Model Professional Development Programs in Broward County, and at the National Staff Development Council’s Annual Conference.

Dr. John Hardman
Dr. John Hardman

John Hardman, Ph.D., is an Instructor of the Department of Educational Leadership & Research Methodology, College of Education, Florida Atlantic University. He teaches Instructional Leadership 1 and Community Partnerships and Diversity in the Master’s degree program (K-12 School Leaders), and Leadership V: Reframing Organizations at the doctoral level. Dr. Hardman is the Instructional Leadership team leader for the department and the Race to the Top PROPEL partnership grant with Broward Public Schools, and he is the departmental liaison to the Palm Beach Public School District. In addition, Dr. Hardman is the chair of the College of Education Diversity Committee, and he serves on the College of Education and FAU Lab Schools Research Committee, the College’s Accreditation Core Working Group, the International Committee, and the FAU Sustainability Committee. As an extension of his research interest in sustainability, he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the US Green Building Council, South Florida Chapter, and he teaches leadership for sustainability as secondary assignments in the Colleges of Business and Engineering.

 

Dr. Lewis Jackson
Dr. Lewis Jackson

Dr. Jackson started his educational career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He was in the pilot group of teachers to be National Board Certified. Dr. Jackson has been a school based administrator in Broward County for the past 13 years. He is proud to have received his doctorate degree from Florida Atlantic University.

 

Dr. Maria Rodriguez
Dr. Maria Rodriguez

Dr. Maria Rodriguez has dedicated her professional life to the education and advocacy of diverse, minority, multicultural, and bilingual students from elementary through college level.

Dr. Rodriguez earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Secondary Education and English from the University of the Sacred Heart, in San Juan, Puerto Rico; a Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Florida International University; and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. In December of 2011, she finished her education by earning a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University.

During the past 34 years, her professional career has expanded from teaching ESOL in military bases overseas and within the United States, to several district level and school-based administrative positions. She has served the Broward County Public Schools in different capacities, from classroom teacher to several administrative district level roles. Dr. Rodriguez has been an adjunct professor at Florida International University and a Florida Department of Education trainer for State-required ESOL training courses.

Pat Maslin-Ostrowski
Dr. Pat Maslin-Ostrowski

A professor in the school leaders’ graduate program of educational leadership, Dr. Pat Maslin-Ostrowski’s work centers on the human dimensions of leadership and the quest for more effective policy and practice to support leader learning and growth.

Co-author of The Wounded Leader: How Real Leadership Emerges in Times of Crisis (Jossey-Bass), Pat’s current projects focus on preparing and developing leaders to address today’s complex challenges and the internationalization of educational leadership.

Recently she was a visiting scholar for the Tapestry: Education for All Bermuda initiative, which was sponsored by the Coalition for Community Activism in Bermuda; previously she was a visiting professor at the Institute for Principal ship Studies in Kuala Lumpur and continues to foster the college’s partnership with the University of Malaya.

Dr. Richard Cunningham
Dr. Richard Cunningham

Dr. Rick Cunningham earned his PhD from FAU in December 2011. His research interests include effectiveness analysis of government agencies and adult workforce education. He currently serves as director of Fort Lauderdale and Northeast Community Schools.

Dr. Russell Clement
Dr.Russell Clement

Russell Clement, PhD is a Research Specialist in the Student Assessment and Research Department of Broward County Public Schools. He received his PhD in experimental psychology from Brown University in 1995. He has extensive experience in public education research having conducted numerous research studies, surveys, and evaluations during his more than 10 years with Broward Schools and four years as a consultant for other school districts across the nation.

Dr. Steve Rios
Dr. Steve Rios

Dr. Steve J. Rios holds a doctorate in education and human resource development from Florida International University. He is a member of the faculty of the Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology, where he teaches statistics, school-community partnerships, and research methodology. A member of the faculty working with the PROPEL Program, Dr. Rios has been an educational administrator, non-profit administrator, researcher, director of communication and development, as well as program evaluator for more than 20 years. He is a founding member of the South Florida Education Research Alliance, a consortium comprised of research professors from Broward County Public Schools and four South Florida public and private universities.

Dr. Victoria Thurston
Dr. Victoria Thurston

With a total of 19 years experiences as an elementary principal, Dr. Victoria Thurston is the current principal of Deerfield Beach Elementary School. She is a native of Broward County, born in Dania, Florida and a product of the Broward County school system. She earned her B.S. degree from Florida State University and obtained a Masters and Doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University; both being with a focus in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Valerie Wanza
Dr. Valerie Wanza

Dr. Valerie Wanza has been a member of the Educational Leadership Adjunct Faculty since 2010. Currently, she is in her 21st year with the Broward County Public Schools and serves as a School Performance and Accountability Director. In this capacity, which she has fulfilled for 6 years, she provides direct supervision and support to 20 principals.

Throughout her tenure with the district, Dr. Wanza has been a classroom teacher, central office resource teacher, an assistant principal, a central office administrator and a principal and was named the 2006 State of Florida Middle School Principal of the Year.

 



Updated June 11, 2014