Nancy Mikhail, Educational Consultant
Nancy Mikhail is an Educational Consultant specializing in the creation and design of engaging pedagogy and active learning projects that excel beyond the requirements of California State Standards. Nancy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at the California State University at Long Beach, and furthered her education by earning her Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University at Fullerton. Her experience within the education system ranges from preschool to twelfth grade. However, Nancy’s skills go above and beyond the classroom. She has taken her passion for teaching and education into after school programs, academic advising, and nonprofit organizations. She is an active participant and presenter in educational conferences and workshops. Her drive to progress and create a better educational system allows her to take the lead in building curriculum, especially within language strategies and guided reading. Literacy is a vital component of education and Nancy’s desire to increase student learning is evident within her teaching and career.
Sherry Mohr is an experienced research and instruction librarian with exposure to public, academic, and legal libraries. After starting her educational background at the University of California, Irvine in the fields of Comparative Literature with a focus in Psychology and Italian, Sherry decided to continue her education with the pursuit of her Master’s in Library and Information Sciences (Summa Cum Laude) at the San Jose State University. It was there that she excelled in instruction and research. Sherry has worked in a variety of educational and research institutions. She began her career at the Alliant International University, non-profit private graduate psychology school as a specialized Research and Instruction Librarian. At Alliant, Sherry developed information literacy curriculum focused on higher education. She collaborated with faculty to create specialized research guides, and taught courses directed towards the needs of the dissertation and doctoral students conducting psychological, clinical, and legal research. During her time at Alliant, Sherry also sought to understand and improve upon the curriculum needs of higher education students. Collaborating with the Library Director, Sherry conducted a focused study on the information literacy skills of incoming first year graduate students. This study was presented at the American Library Association (ALA) 2012 Annual Conference. It won the attention of members from the American Psychological Association (APA) as well as the Education and Behaviorial Sciences Section (EBSS) of the ALA. In addition to her background in research and education, Sherry is also a published author having written two entries for the encyclopedia, The Twenties in America.
Victoria Fanous, Curriculum Specialist
Victoria Fanous is a passionate and creative educator. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English in addition to her Single Subject English Credential from the California State University, Fullerton. She currently teaches at Magnolia Science Academy, a charter middle/high school, where she enriches the minds and imaginations of sixth and ninth grade students through English, literature, and creative writing education. Victoria is a lifelong learner and an active conference and workshop attendee. She is always finding innovative and engaging lesson plans and curriculum builders to meet the 21st century challenges and changes within education. She facilitates an active learning pedagogy that allows students to take charge of the material and critically apply it to real-life scenarios through active knowledge transfer and higher level thinking. In addition to challenging and engaging the bright minds of the future, Victoria manages the Accelerated Readers program through the school’s library learning center. Victoria’s passion for education and teaching extends beyond the classroom. She is currently the Coptic Education Foundation, Educational Coordinator. As the CEF, Educational Coordinator, Victoria plans informational workshops for high school students within the Coptic community providing them with the resources necessary for college and financial aid applications. She gives them the tools necessary for entering into higher education and guides them through any challenges they may face during this transition out of high school. Victoria’s desire for students to succeed is a driving force in her career, and an integral part of her collaboration with CurriculumResources.net.
Kaldia Nigh, Curriculum Resources Contributor
Kaldia Nigh is currently a graduate student at California State University Fullerton studying to receive a Master’s Degree in Elementary and Bilingual Education, as well as two credentials: a multiple subject teaching credential and a science credential. Kaldia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Ecology at the University of California Irvine. She has a wide range of experience in the field of education. Kaldia was a teaching assistant at Orange Coast College and taught General Chemistry Lab for 2 years. She has been a student teacher in both 3rd and 4th grades. Kaldia has also actively participated in other settings such as teaching a 5th-6th grade combo after school STEAM club, substituted in the Anaheim City School District, and has attended multiple educational conferences in reading and art. Kaldia has a passion to help others and to make a difference in this world one child at a time. She is dedicated to learn as much as she can and to help increase student motivation and learning. Kaldia lives her life with the idea that the world is her homework and that there is always something new to learn.
Amira Hanna, Speech Pathologist
Amira Hanna, MA, CCC-SLP, is an ASHA-certified, California-licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She specializes in treatment and academic support for children and adolescents with speech-language disorders, learning differences, developmental disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. Her unique training at the Lovaas Institute taught her how to deliver treatment in a clear and concise manner. And using this behavioral training, she is able to teach pragmatics, and social skills, in a simple and concrete manner so complex concepts are grasped; meanwhile, her approach is natural and realistic so that carryover and generalization are easily achieved. She believes a child will always work harder for a personal goal compared to a goal imposed on him. Treatment begins with helping each child realize his place in this world and the dreams he has for himself. Once a destination is decided, they travel the path together with classroom staff and most importantly, his parents. She assists teachers in classroom modification as well as coaches parents on challenges in a variety of settings. In addition, she often consults with educators and parents of children who do not qualify for services (or parents avoiding the IEP process) for strategies and recommendations to any learning and or social issues. Amira currently works at a non-public with high-school students with social and communicative disorders, including Asperger’s Disorder, high-functioning autism.