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Our faculty and instructors are mentors

GIFT Learning offers learners an opportunity to work with a strong faculty of gifted and visionary educators from the U.S., Canada, and Asia.

Our faculty are leaders, scholars and innovators. Each is deeply committed to their own research, while serving with equal dedication as mentors for our learners.

Anne Adams

  • California Institute of Integral Studies, Ph.D. 2005
  • University of Michigan, Educational Psychology, M.A. 1971
  • University of Michigan, Clinical Psychology, B.A. 1968

Main Interests:
Transformation of individuals, cultures and organizations in business and education

Peter Berg

  • Walden University, Ed.D. 2013

Main Interests:
Educational leadership, holistic health, alternative schools

Marcia Braundy

  • University of British Columbia, Ph.D. 2005

Main Interests:
Apprenticeships integrating women in trades and technical work documentarian and digital historian community economic development work

Pille Bunnell

  • University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. 1973.

Main Interests:
System, ecology, cybernetics, love, epistemology

Mali Burgess

  • The Union Institute and University Ph.D. 2004
  • Princeton University B.A. 1975

Main Interests:
Education, creative awareness, integral and healing arts, subtle energy systems, geometric dynamics, creative and visionary processes

Elaine Decker

  • University of British Columbia, Ph.D. 2004

Main Interests:
Comedy, pedagogy, curiosity/wonder/joy

Kathleen Forsythe

  • Council of Autonomous Scholarly Support
  • Doctor of Knowledge Architecture, 2001

Main Interests:
Knowledge architecture, SelfDesign, Observing for learning

Paul Freedman

  • Goddard College, M.A. 2008

Main Interests:
Holistic education, Founding and sustaining independent K-12 schools and non- schools, Integrating theory and philosophy with practice within K-12 education

Jeanne Marie Iorio

  • Teachers College, Columbia University, Ed.D. 2007

Main Interests:
Child-initiated learning, Reggio Emilia schools, arts-based research, building sustainable communities

Daniel Kirkpatrick

  • Antioch University Seattle, M.A. 1990

Main Interests:
Experiential learning, independent post-modern high school, school founding and leadership

Karen Leckie

  • American University M.S. OD 2010
  • University of Toronto, B.Ed.1997
  • McMaster University, B.Eng. 1994

Main Interests:
Interdisciplinary Learning, Appreciative Inquiry, Self Development, Group Processes and Organization Development

Hilary Leighton

  • University of Victoria, Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary Studies – Ecopsychology) 2014

Main Interests:
ecopsychology

Darrell Letourneau

  • University of Victoria, M.Ed. 1999.

Main Interests:
SelfDesign, Evolutionary Parenting, Educational change, eLearning

Ba Luvmour

  • M.A. Psychology, Sonoma State University. 1984
  • Temple University, B.A., Political Science, 1968

Main Interests:

  • Holistic education
  • Consciousness of the developing child
  • Natural Learning Relationships holistic child development
  • Children and social justice
  • Spirituality in the developing child and the inherent wisdom in children
  • Rites of Passage
  • Essential importance of relationship for all learning

Josette Luvmour

  • Fielding Graduate University. Ph.D. Human Development. 2008.

Main Interests

  • Evolution of consciousness throughout childhood
  • How adult and child grow together
  • Natural Learning Relationships holistic child development
  • Emergent wisdom in the family context
  • Creating School Culture of meaning and inspiration

David Marshak

  • Harvard University, Ed.D. 1985.

Main Interests:
Evolutionary Parenting, Evolution of Consciousness, Adolescent Development

Michael Maser

  • Simon Fraser University M.A. 1997
  • Ph.D. candidate Simon Fraser University, 2017-

Main Interests:
Personalized holistic learning, SelfDesigning, Neurobiology of learning

Chris Mercogliano

Main Interests:
Democratically-run, free-school education, Founding and sustaining independent K-12 schools and non- schools

River Meyer

  • University of Northern Colorado, M.A. 1976
  • University of Minnesota, B.A. 1970

Main Interests:
SelfDesign philosophy, methodology, and praxis, SelfDesign conscious parenting, Educational consulting with families and educators

Jennie Oliver

  • Argosy University-Hawaii, D.B.A.
  • Argosy University-Hawaii, Ed.D.

Main Interests:
Lean Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement, Theory of Constraints, Systems thinking, Second Language Acquisition, Self-directed Learning, Cultural Competence

Zachary Oliver

  • Argosy University/Hawaii, Ed.D. 2009

Main Interests:
Student-centric learning environments, multiple intelligences and transformative learning, educational leadership

Renee Poindexter

Main Interests:
Authentic learning environments, conscious business, SelfDesign

Lucila Rudge

  • Ohio State University, Ph.D. Education, 2008

Main Interests:
Holistic education, Holistic pedagogy, Education across cultures, Educational psychology, Child development

Liz Simpson

  • Auburn University, Ph.D. 2000

Main Interests:
Special Education/Support Education and Empowerment, Developmental Stages of Becoming a Teacher, Self Determination and Empowerment for all students, Equine Facilitated Learning, Learning in Technology-based environments

Annie Smith

  • University of British Columbia, Ph.D. 2007

Main Interests:
Indigenous Performance, Participatory Learning through Drama, Spectatorship

Prapanna Smith

  • University of California, San Diego and California State University,
    Joint Doctorate Program, Ed.D. 2010

Main Interests:
Integral education, independent school founding and leadingSri Aurobindo International Center for Education

Anna Soter

  • University of Illinois, Ph.D. (Education) 1985

Main Interests:
Language and discourse analysis, holistic education, poetry

Beth Sutton

  • Antioch University, New England, M.Ed. 1990

Main Interests:
Enki Education, developmental-immersion mastery, arts-integrated learning, multicultural education, holistic education, Exploring the educational ecosystem

Fleurette Sweeney

  • University of British Columbia, Ph.D. (Education), 2002

Main Interests:
Education and learning, the effect of social play and movement on learning, the connection between singing and speaking, economy of place as antidote to globalization, inter-cultural relations

Jonathan Taylor

  • Rutgers University, Ph.D. 1970

Main Interests:
Design with nature, learning communities, the transformative power of the ‘New Story’

Laurel Tien

  • MA (University of British Columbia, Curriculum Studies), 2001
  • MA (SelfDesign), 2016
  • PhD (c) (CA Institute of Integral Studies, Transformative Studies), 2019

Main Interests:
Transformational learning, Contemplative Inquiry, enactment of participatory worldview.

Teresita Tubianosa

  • University of British Columbia, Ph.D. 2000

Main Interests:
Intercultural dimensions of learning, school leadership, teacher conversations for teacher personal and professional growth

Sam M. Crowell, Jr.

  • University of Virginia, Ed.D. 1992
  • Radford University, M.S.
  • Carson-Newman College, B.A.

Main Interests:
Education for Sustainable Development, Instructional Leadership in Higher Education, Brain-Based Learning Principles, Meaning-Centered Curriculum, Integrated Curriculum,  Holistic Education.