Dr. Zulma Y. MÃ©ndez is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She earned her Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Riverside. Professor MÃ©ndezï¿½s teaching and research interests include curriculum policy and practice across the K-16 continuum. At present, she is conducting a qualitative study that examines the recently implemented national standard-based curriculum in the border city of JuÃ¡rez, MÃ©xico.
Karen T. Maxwell is an assistant professor in the Graduate Studies in Education Department at Abilene Christian University (ACU). Her fields of interest include secondary education, behavior management, and campus leadership. Before coming to ACU in 2006, Dr. Maxwell worked with the Region 2 Education Service Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she co-directed a principal certification program and directed the Principal Assessment/Development Center. She also worked extensively with school-wide discipline programs and behavior management. Dr. Maxwell has taught graduate level courses in educational administration at Texas A&M University ï¿½ Kingsville, Texas A&M University ï¿½ Corpus Christi, and Walden University. She has K-12 teaching experience at elementary, middle, and high school levels in public and private schools, and has served as a campus principal at the elementary and high school levels.Dr. Maxwell believes that campus leadership is central to student success and her goal is to assist with the development of strong, effective campus curriculum leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from ACU, master's degrees in curriculum and instruction and educational administration from Texas A&M University ï¿½ Corpus Christi, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Learn more about Richard Sorenson's PD offerings Richard Sorenson is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Foundations Department at The University of Texas at El Paso. He served public schools for 25 years as a social studies teacher, principal, and associate superintendent for personnel. Currently, Sorenson works with graduate students at UTEP in the areas of school personnel, school-based budgeting, educational law, and leadership development. He was named The University of Texas at El Paso College of Education Professor of the Year in 2005, is involved in several educational initiatives on the U.S./Mexico border, and he is an active writer with numerous professional journal publications. He has also authored textbooks, teacher resource guides, and workbooks in the area of the elementary and secondary school social studies curricula. He conducts workshops at the state and national levels on topics such as principal preparation, instructional leadership, and effective teaching practices. His has been actively involved with the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA), the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) in which he conducts annual New Principal Academy seminars, and the Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS). His research interest is in the area of the school principalship, specifically the examination of conditions and factors that inhibit and discourage lead teachers from seeking the school principalship as a career option. He received his EdD from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi in the area of educational leadership.
Learn more aboutï¿½Lloyd Goldsmith's PD offerings Lloyd Milton Goldsmith is associate professor and chair of the Department of Graduate Studies in Education at Abilene Christian University. Goldsmith is currently involved in developing online graduate education degrees that incorporate faith principles. He teaches courses in school culture, professional development, and continuous school improvement. He served public schools for 29 years as an elementary science teacher, middle school assistant principal, and elementary school principal. He and a fellow chemistry professor, Kim Pamplin, co-direct a program to facilitate high school chemistry teachers in effective instructional strategies. Goldsmith has served on several state committees for the Texas Education Agency. He currently serves as a consultant on a project to migrate mandated state principal training to an online format. He is president of the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Goldsmith has presented at numerous state, national, and international conferences. He is active in Kiwanis International and in his local church, where he teaches Sunday school to lively fourth graders, works with the Boy Scouts, and leads a life group. He earned his EdD in educational leadership from Baylor University.