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Patricia L. Pickles (Ph.D.) is a lifelong educator born in Waukegan, Illinois. Her extensive professional background includes frontline experience as a teacher, assistant-principal, principal, adjunct professor, senior director for a state department of education, project coordinator for a regional office of education, chief academic officer, superintendent of schools, and educational leadership consultant. Dr. Pickles’ vision and mission has been to ensure that, “Every student, in every classroom, in every school across America will have access to high quality eductional opportunities which prepare them for our global, competative, and diverse society.”

Her proven track record of continuing education, training, and certification include:

• Ph.D. in reading and education administration, Texas Woman’s University
• M.A. in education administration, East Texas State University, Commerce
• B.A. in English Lit. and multicultural education, Barat College, Lake Forest, IL
• A.A. in Education, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL

Her post-doctoral coursework and training include:

• Fordham University, New York
• Harvard University, Boston
• Oxford University, England
• Stanford University, California
• University of Texas, Austin

Among her many firsts: she was the first African- American Superintendent to serve in Pflugerville, Texas. Her brand is, improving students’ performance and empowering communities. She has been featured in Ebony Magazine and featured on CNN and CSPAN-2. Throughout the country Dr. Pickles has presented to national and professional organizations. Her expertise in the field led to her invitation to address the United States Congress. Among her host of awards: she was recognized by the United States Department of Education, the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and the governor of Texas. For her accomplishments in Illinois she received recognition from the governor of Illinois, a resolution by the Illinois House of Representatives, and a key, from the mayor and city council, of North Chicago. In Portland, Oregon, Dr. Pickles received the highest performance-based pay in the district for making (and surpassing) targeted performance goals.

Dr Pickles is currently an entrepreneur and operates an international bed and breakfast. She continues to be a life-long learner and an advocate for mental health and wellness. “If one person can make a difference, just imagine what a group of like-minded individuals, with determination, focus, and compassion can do!”