Dr. Cook has a doctorate degree in Special Education, served as Teacher, Facilitator, Curriculum Specialist, Site Administrator , Director of Special Education. . She provides service and training to teachers on Differentiating Instruction, Learning Modalities, Analysis of Test data to Drive Instruction. She has also presented at the CDE Title I Achieving Schools Conference. Her role is to provide guidance counseling assistance to students with IEPs, advocate for students of Special Needs and provide Professional Development for parents/caregivers and teachers of Special Needs students. Dr. Cook assists clients with maintaining medication regiment, public benefits and educational opportunities as appropriate. She assists with mental health, domestic violence and safety planning services and referrals.
The NHAC staffing model includes Executive Director, Directors, Project Administrators, Intensive Case Managers, Counselors and Coordinators. There are other key staff who will also be involved to ensure the success of the program including NHAC founders who will take part in the oversight and training. These individuals consists of Educators, Case Managers, Community Health Workers, Clinical Social Workers, Counselors Program Managers and Support Staff . These individuals have expertise in youth development and hold advanced degrees in Education Counseling and Social Work. They have had success in increasing student achievement and academic performance in low performing schools and districts for over two decades.
NHAC have a strong curriculum foundation including an understanding of technology. The staff is equipped with knowledge and expertise to resolve conflicts among people and work with them in such a way as to "bring out their best". We are progressive leaders who adhere to the "open door policy", maintain high visibility, listens to teachers, students, staff, and parents. NHAC Board members are actively involved in community activities and are aware of the problems that educators face and continuously contribute to NHAC goals of assisting at risks students.
In an effort to communicate and serve Y-ICMS populations throughout Los Angeles County, NHAC employs bilingual staff consisting of services in English, Spanish, Khmer, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Polynesian Languages, American Sign Language, and other various languages and dialects.
NHAC staff have degrees in Sociology, Psychology and Counseling. Staff consists of educators who hold teaching credentials, licenses in counseling Bachelor's Degrees, and advanced Degrees (i.e. Master's and Doctorate). These educators have had success in increasing academic performance , work readiness and employability with the Y-ICMS population.
NHAC has a strong and diverse team of twenty (40) full-time and(45) part-time employees with combined skills and experience to work effectively with diverse populations, organizations, and community sectors.
Dr. Price previously served as Elementary Teacher, Title I Curriculum Specialist, Guidance Counselor (K-8), Certified Peace Builder, Instructional Specialist (Grades K-8), Elementary Principal, and Administrator of No Child Left Behind. Role is to support students academic, career, and social growth. Dr. Price conducted assessments (GATE, STAR, CAT 6), facilitated the Student Success Team (SST), Individual Education Plans (IEP), Character Education, Discipline Strategies and assisted students with Goals and Action Plans. Developed in-service to teachers In Title I school. Provided in-service and training on administering the CAT Test. Provided in-service on Service Learning and Reading/Language Arts and math. Worked with Beginning Teacher and Assessment program (BTSA). Facilitated weekly support meetings and informal evaluations of the teachers' progress. Has twenty-six (26) years of educational experience.
Mr. McKee a former NFL football player, has a Masters degree in Counseling and has served as a Counselor for the NHAC for the past 10 years. He also worked as a Principal of Alternative Education High School, Middle School Guidance Counselor and Teacher. He has worked with diverse student populations and at-risk students in large urban school districts such as, Long Beach Unified School District LBUSD and Compton Unified School District (CUSD). Participant in Anti-Drug Video for the NCAA and NFL for inter-city athletes. He established a comprehensive counseling and guidance program for the LBUSD His role is to assist students in gaining the knowledge and life skills that contribute to effective learning.
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Founder and Chief Executive Officer of New Hope Academy of Change, (NHAC )Dr. Denice Price, is a graduate of UCLA with a B.A. in Sociology/Psychology, M.S.in Counseling, Educational Administration, and Ed.D in Educational Leadership. She holds four credentials: Multiple Subjects teaching, Single Subject teaching (social science), Pupil Personnel Services (Counseling) and Administrative Services. She has worked grades K-12 as teacher, high school counselor, therapist and elementary school principal large in urban, low performing school districts. During her tenure as principal, test scores and students’ academic performance increased significantly under her leadership. She has published an article entitled, “Do the Right Thing.”
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An educator for the past seventeen (17) years, Reginald is a consultant in the areas of Curriculum Development & Teacher Training. He is also considered an expert in Reaching and Teaching African American and Urban Children. He often Speaks Professionally and does Workshops and events across the nation. He is the co-founder of the Grant Language Academy and CEO of eSportsInstruction.com. He works with numerous organizations and business across the nation and as an ex-professional football player (Jets, NFL, and Ottawa, CFL) he works in business development for the Retired NFL Players Congress.
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