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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