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Kathleen O'Hara Hess, Ed.D.


Ed.D., University of San Francisco;
M.A., University of Michigan;
B.S., Eastern Michigan University

Research Interests
Second-language learners, K-adult instructional strategies, brain-based pedagogy, adult learning theory, child and adolescent behavior

Dr. Hess served as a classroom teacher instructing students in grades K-12 in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and California. As a school principal, she worked to significantly raise test scores and implemented a schoolwide, cross-grade-level learning partner program. In her role as an assistant superintendent, Dr. Hess collaborated with the founding educators of a dual-immersion language and culture magnet school, implemented a districtwide standards-based curriculum and assessment, and spearheaded a variety of educational reforms that remain in practice today. She has written manuals on cooperative learning and teaching science through activity and has presented at local, state, and national conferences. As a National Hispanic University faculty member, she develops and teaches educational methodology and theory courses.


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