Faculty

Dr. Pamela Bernards

Pamela Bernards has 30 years of combined experience inw diverse PK-8 and high school settings as a teacher and an administrator. In addition to these responsibilities, she was the founding director of a K-8 after school care program and founder of a pre-school program for infants to 4-year-olds. When she was a principal, her school was named a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. More recently, the school in which she serves as curriculum coordinator was named a 2010 Blue Ribbon School. Areas of interest include curriculum, research-based teaching practices, staff development, assessment, data-driven instruction, and instructional intervention (remediation and gifted/talented). She received a doctorate in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University.
Courses: Talented & Gifted: Working with High Achievers and Teaching Diversity in the Classroom


Joan Halverstadt

Joan Halverstadt is a Special Services Director and School Psychologist in a school district. She has fifteen years' experience as a school counselor, working with at-risk preschool and elementary aged students. Ms. Halverstadt has over thirty-five years of experience working in early childhood education with children and families, including working with children affected by family issues, abuse, or trauma. She also teaches graduate education counseling and special education courses for teachers and counselors. She received her National Certification and School Psychology Educational Specialist degree from Seattle University, her School Counseling Educational Staff Associate Degree from City University, her Master's in Education Degree from George Mason University, and her BA in Psychology and Elementary Education from Whitman College.
Courses: Child Abuse and Traumatized Child


Mick Jackson

Mick Jackson, MS/ED, is an Intervention Specialist with a Master's Degree in Special Education, Behavioral Theory. Mr. Jackson has 15 years of combined experience in self-contained special education classrooms, resource rooms, and hospital day treatment in K-12 settings. He has developed and overseen mental health and intervention programs and directed staff in four states. Mr. Jackson has worked as a higher education adjunct faculty teaching distance courses in behavioral theory, Attention Deficit Disorder, and reading remediation for the past 14 years. Currently his courses are being offered through distance education programs with over 70 colleges and universities nationwide. He is the current President and Dean of Faculty for Virtual Education Software and has been working on distance course development since 1995.
Courses: Advanced Classroom Management, Attention Deficit Disorder, Behavior is Language


Karen Lea

Karen Lea holds a Ph.D. in education. Dr. Lea has fifteen years' experience teaching at the K-12 level and another fourteen years' experience teaching education courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. Currently she is a coordinator for a cadre of instructional developers and project manager for aerospace online training. Dr. Lea has been professionally published over fifteen times and has served on over a dozen panels and boards, including serving on the NCATE (CAEP) Board of Examiners.
Courses: Drugs & Alcohol in Schools, Inclusion: Special Needs in General Classrooms, Learning Disabilities in Schools, Violence in Schools and Understanding Aggression


Candyce Reynolds

Candyce Reynolds is Associate Professor of Post Secondary Adult and Continuing Education in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University. Her current scholarship focuses on developing inclusive classrooms and the role of a supportive environment on student learning. She has served at Portland State University as the Director of Affirmative Action where she spearheaded the development of Sexual Harassment Training Program as well as the development of the university's sexual harassment and consensual relationship policy. Currently, she also works closely with a number of alternative and charter schools on their boards or as a consultant in creating supportive learning environments. She holds an AB in Psychology and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and an MS and PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. Dr. Reynolds is past board member of Open Adoption and Family Services and the Leadership and Entrepreneurial Public Charter High School in Portland, Oregon.
Course: Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools


Dr. Marrea Winnega

Autism & Asperger's Disorder has been developed by Marrea Winnega, Ph.D. and Mary Coughlin, CCC-SLP. Dr. Marrea Winnega, the instructor of record, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with 20 years of experience in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Psychiatry. She consults for schools and agencies serving individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger's Disorder. She facilitated numerous parent groups for parents of children with autism in her position at the University of Illinois at Chicago Institute on Disability and Human Development (UAP). She has also conducted numerous workshops, in-services, and trainings throughout the United States. Twelve years ago, Dr. Winnega developed the Autism Dynamic Beginnings classroom, an intensive, multimodal classroom for 3- to 6-year-olds with autism. This program has grown to multiple classrooms serving students ages 3 to 21. She is also replicating this classroom across various school districts.
Course: Autism & Asperger's Disorder