Leadership Innovation presents…
BRAZIL PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL LEADERS
Administrators - Spring 2012

1. GAIL INOUYE BRUCE   gbruce@csus.edu
Co-Director, California Reading & Literature Project (CRLP), Sacramento
Gail earned a B.A. from San Francisco State University, a multiple-subject credential
from UC Davis, and an M.A. in Language & Literacy and reading/language-arts specialist
credential from CSU Sacramento. Together with her mentor, John Shefelbine, she co-
directs the California Reading & Literature Project, CSU Sacramento, providing
professional development to K-12 teachers who serve low-income and EL populations.
Gail’s most valuable teaching experiences were as a Title I and EL resource teacher
during which she taught and was an advocate for hundreds of struggling readers and
language minority students. She is a member of the US Board on Books for Young
People, which promotes a global understanding through international children’s literature.  
She is well traveled and currently hooked on Alaska and the vintage word game Script-O-
Gram.  Skype: sac47300

2. BECCA TODD  beccatodd@berkeley.net
District Library Coordinator, Berkeley Unified School District
Becca received her Master in Library and Information Science from SJSU in 2003 and
her Tier 1 credential in 2007. Her BA was in Environmental Science from Evergreen
State College, her teaching credential from JFK University. She is dedicated to literacy,
cultivating curiosity and the exchange of ideas, and has loved every age level she has
worked with, from Preschool Teacher/Director days, through Spanish bilingual elementary
classes, to her era as a high school Teacher Librarian and now as the Library
Administrator at the district level. She enjoys traveling between her 16 schools on her
electric bike. Time with family, gardening, hiking, dancing and of course, reading, embody
other joys.    Skype:  becca.todd

3. ALLEN J. MONROE, II    ajmonroe2@yahoo.com
Assistant Principal/Director of Instruction, Los Angeles Alliance for College
Ready Public Schools
Allen grew up in Inglewood, CA and received a BA in Mass Communication from Dillard
University in New Orleans as well as a Master’s Degree in Education from University of
New Orleans. He taught English for 9 years before receiving his Tier I from LMU in
2011. Currently, Allen is an Assistant Principal/Director of Instruction at College Ready
High School #11 in Watts and is passionate about education and basketball. Throughout
his teaching career Mr. Monroe has also served as a basketball coach at several of the
schools that he served as a staff member. Allen is looking forward to all of the
professional development opportunities that this trip will offer and he is especially looking
forward to tasting the tantalizing Brazilian culture and cuisine. Looking forward to working
with you. CIAO!  Skype:  ajmonroe2

4. JANA DAVENPORT  jdaven1@lausd.net
Principal, Balboa Gifted Magnet, Los Angeles
Jana grew up in San Rafael, CA and attended UCLA where she earned a B.A. in
Sociology, a Masters Degree in Education, and her CA Teaching Credential. She was a
classroom teacher for 18 years before becoming the Magnet Coordinator at Balboa
Gifted Magnet. After three years, Mrs. Davenport was assigned as the principal of that
same school. She is passionate about gifted education and enjoys the challenge of
differentiating curriculum for all learners. She received her Tier I Administrative Credential
by passing the CA School Leaders’ Licensure Exam in April of 2011.  She has been
married to her husband, Dave, for 19 years and they have three school-aged children.
Jana enjoys running, tennis, swimming, and any activities in warm, tropical climates!
Skype:  janadavenport

5. MARK GARREN, M.Ed.   mag3805@lausd.net
Instructional Coach, Los Angeles Unified School District
Mark received his M.Ed., in Crosscultural Teaching from National University and his B.A
from Calif. State University, Northridge.  He received his Tier I Administrative Credential
by passing the CA School Leaders’ Licensure Assessment in 2007. He became an
administrator (APEIS) in 2008. Mark's tenure was short-lived as a reduction in force of
his job class resulted in his being bumped down in 2009. He's since worked as an
advisor, coordinator, and instructional coach. He remains passionate about education and
realizes that a school employee can continue to positively impact students in a variety of
support roles. Mark has enjoyed teaching multiple elementary school grade levels and his
goal is to eventually become an elementary school principal. Mark enjoys spending time
with family, gardening, barbecuing, and surfing.  Skype:  mark_garren

6. WADEAN VAN RULER    jdwadean@aol.com
English Language (EL) Instructional Coach, Turlock Unified School District
Wadean received her Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of the
Pacific in Stockton, Administrative and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from
Chapman University in Modesto, and her BA from California State University Stanislaus
in Turlock.  With over 20 years in the education field, her teaching experiences have
included elementary site experience as a Classroom Teacher, Resource Specialist,
Literacy Intervention Specialist, and Interim Assistant Principal.  She is currently serving
as an EL Instructional Coach and a BTSA Support Provider for new teachers.  Wadean
loves watching her three children play sports, spending time with her family, and enjoys
running a family business.  Skype:  wadeanvanruler

7. LYDIA L. RAMOS    lydia.ramos@lausd.net
Director of Internal Communications, Los Angeles Unified School District
Lydia L. Ramos melds two passions—education and journalism—into one versatile
career. Both her BA and Master’s degrees are from USC, the former for journalism, the
latter for education. She received her Tier I Administrative Credential by passing the CA
School Leaders’ Licensure Assessment in 2007. She spent her early career as a producer
with NBC News in Burbank, Washington, D.C. and New York, covering politics, foreign
affairs, and breaking national news. She then pursued her other passion—education.  In a
series of recruitments over the last 10 years, she has moved from high school teacher to
Title I coordinator to administrator over budget and instruction communications to her
current position. She loves sports, jazz and the occasional dance party.  Skype:  
indiemujer

8. LUCY H. LEE   llee9@lausd.net
Assistant Principal, Elementary Instructional Specialist (AP-EIS),  Los Angeles
Unified School District (LAUSD)
Lucy received her B.A. at UCLA; Teaching Credential from California State of Los
Angeles, and Masters in Administration from California State University of Northridge
(CSUN).  She has been with Los Angles Unified School District (LAUSD) for about 14
years.  She served as a teacher, literacy coach, coordinator and currently as an Assistant
Principal, Elementary Instructional Specialist (AP-EIS) for the last four years.  She is
currently at two school sites and works with students with special needs.  She enjoys
reading and spending time with her family and friends.  Skype: lucyhslee

9. LINDA KEENE    lak4053@lausd.net
Assistant Principal, Los Angeles USD
Ms. Keene received her Masters in educational administration from the Calif. State
University, Los Angeles; her M.A. in counseling and PPS credential from California
Lutheran University; and her B.A. from UCLA.  She is an assistant principal with
L.A.U.S.D. in the division of Adult Career and Education.  Her experience includes
teaching Math, Sciences, and E.S.L. at the secondary level as well as Guidance and
College Counseling.  Her 20 plus years as an educator have been in service at inner city
schools exclusively, working with a diverse population and large immigrant communities.  
Ms. Keene is an advocate of AB540 students and strives to empower all students with
access to education.  She is a lover of the Arts and Adventure.  Skype: lafalcoln

10. JACKIE ARMSTRONG    jarmstro8@dslextreme.com
Assistant Principal, Elementary Instructional Specialist (APEIS) Retired, Los
Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
Jackie received her M.Ed. from UCLA’s Principal Leadership Institute and her BA
(History) from Point Loma Nazarene University. She taught Pre-K-6 in El Sereno, CA,
then served as a Literacy Coach, from Skid Row to a California Distinguished School,
and trained for the Governor’s Reading Institute.  As a Literacy Advisor, she provided
paraprofessionals training to support the district reading program.  She concluded her time
with LAUSD as an assistant principal in Hollywood, supervising the school’s Special
Education program.  Developing relationships with the community, and linking
community/business resources with school needs, has been an ongoing endeavor.    In her
“off time”, she worked for many years at a movie studio.  Jackie enjoys travel, reading,
learning to knit and spending time in the Northwest.  Skype:  jackie.armstrong159

11. CARMELITA W. REYES    Carmelita.W.Reyes@gmail.com
Principal, Oakland International High School, OUSD
Carmelita is the founding principal of Oakland International High School, a school in
OUSD dedicated to educating newly arrived immigrants and refugees.  OIHS serves
students from 32 countries who speak 29 languages other than English.  Prior to
becoming principal, she was a founding teacher at Life Academy of Health and
Bio-Science located in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. There, she taught
humanities, journalism and photography.  Carmelita received her BA in Economics at
Princeton University and studied abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She
received a Masters in Education at Columbia University and received her administrative
credential from the BAYCES (Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools) and California
State East Bay.   Skype: Carmelita.Reyes
 

ADJUNCT FACULTY
GLENDA IZUMI     mustangno@aol.com
Site Administrator (retired), San Bernardino Unified School District
Glenda received her B.A. from California State University at Los Angeles in Comparative
Cultures and her M.A. from Alliant University in Education with an emphasis on teaching
English as a Second Language.  She  received a second MA in Organizational Studies
from Fielding Graduate University in 2009.  She just retired from San Bernardino USD
where she worked for five years as a site administrator, so she could focus on finishing her
PhD in Human Development.  She has also served on the State Board of the California
Council of Adult Education.  She is a world traveler and has been to numerous countries
in South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.  Her interests include social justice and
peace studies.  Skype:  glendaizumi

BRAZIL COORDINATOR
PAULO ALVES DE SOUZA FILHO    pasfpaulo@yahoo.com.br
Paulo is a graduate of chemistry at the University Federal of Rio de Janeiro - Chemistry
Institute (UFRJ /IQ).  He received a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with a
focus on Industry of Oil & Gas at Federal Center of the Technology (CEFET).  His
experience includes 15 years in education- teaching chemistry and environmental classes
in both public and private schools.  Paulo also works in the Health and Environmental
Sciences Department at the Prefeitura of Rio de Janeiro City -where he develops
programs for the prevention of environmental risks in the workplace.  Outside of work, he
enjoys traveling, reading and dancing.  He loves sports, spending time swimming at the
beach, and playing soccer with friends.  Skype:  pauloalves2211

FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, LEADERSHIP INNOVATION
LINDA OROZCO, PH.D.     Lorozco14@yahoo.com
Founder & President, Leadership Innovation
Dr. Orozco received her Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of
Minnesota; her M.A. from Calif. State University, Long Beach; and her B.A. from
Whittier College.  She is a full professor in Educational Leadership at California State
University, Fullerton; and also served as Director of the Professional Administration
Credential Program/Tier II for over 6 years.  She also served as President of the
California Association of Professors of Educational Administration (CAPEA) for 2 years.
She began Leadership Innovation in 2006 to provide international professional
development to school administrators- and her programs are now conducted in Thailand
and Brazil. Her experience includes 25 years in educational leadership including both
public and private educational settings, district and county offices of education, and higher
education administration.  Major research and publication endeavors include technology in
education and administration, educating diverse populations, as well as effective
interagency collaboration.  She continues to conduct research internationally including
Brazil, Thailand and Vietnam.  She is an avid surfer and runner.  Skype:
lindachristineorozco