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Meet the Faculty: Candis Best, Doctoral Faculty Chair

By The Room 241 Team October 18, 2018

With a wealth of experiences as a lawyer, an entrepreneur, and a CEO within one of the nation’s largest public hospital systems, Candis Best, JD, MBA, MS, PhD, is one of Concordia University-Portland’s highly accomplished doctoral chairs. Whether you’re currently enrolled in our Doctorate of Education program or considering your options, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy learning about Best as we… Read More

Working to create positive change in education seems to constantly be at the forefront of Frederic Washington’s mind. Washington recently earned his EdD in Transformational Leadership from Concordia University-Portland and has served in the field in a variety of ways, from substitute teacher to policy consultant to academic counselor. I connected with Washington to learn more… Read More

When financial struggles and grief overwhelm us, it is easy to give up on educational pursuits. There are definitely times when it’s important to pause and focus on self-care, but to then continue working toward a master’s degree and later a doctorate, takes a highly motivated, resilient individual. Meet Cindi Y. Quarles, a Tennessee-based educator… Read More

Working to address the achievement gap and meet students’ needs are the types of challenges that administrators and teachers face on a daily basis. Melissa Schachner approaches these challenges, and many others, with passion and determination. Schachner is a principal at Bridger School in the Portland Public School District and she is one of our… Read More

As a first generation college student, Casmore learned at an early age how important and valuable it was to obtain a quality education. Read on to discover how he’s instilled those same values in his homeless students, and how earning his MEd has better equipped him to help them complete their degrees. How important was… Read More

Having completed a couple of successful careers in the private sector, Camille decided to be an educator later in life. Earning her EdD helped her establish the credibility she was seeking, but it also taught her much more than she ever expected to learn. What was the greatest takeaway from your degree? The greatest takeaway… Read More

When Debbie decided to pursue her master’s degree, Concordia’s STEAM concentration seemed to fit perfectly with what she was already doing in the classroom. Read on to learn how earning her MEd revamped her curriculum and allowed her to advance as an educator. What made you choose the STEAM concentration for your MEd? I’m a… Read More

While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, Monique realized there weren’t many minority students on her undergrad campus. With a desire to help more members of her community pursue a college education, she decided then and there she would become a teacher. Having recently earned her EdD, she shares how far she’s come and what it means… Read More

Many would treat a national music education award as the pinnacle of success, but educator and doctoral student Warren Mize sees it as only the beginning. Mize is the director of choral studies and also teaches AP Music Theory and Music Business in San Antonio, Texas. Read on to learn about his innovative music education… Read More

Earning an MEd as a mother of five and a military spouse is no small feat, but Support Teacher Tamar Shorr made it happen. Read on to find out what motivated her to pursue the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics and how her Concordia experience lifted her personally and professionally. What inspired you to… Read More

We all want to give students opportunities to grow, and New Jersey-based Elementary Technology Coach Christine Foley takes this to the next level. Read on to discover how this Cavalier believes we can improve our education system as well as her love for all things STEAM. What degree did you acquire from Concordia University-Portland, and… Read More

Let’s face it, the idea of a dissertation is intimidating. In fact, it kept Makeba Butler away from her dream of earning her EdD in Transformational Leadership for years. But eventually, she found the support to make it happen. Now her paper has been downloaded over 120 times and is helping to resolve the achievement… Read More

It’s hard enough completing a MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist while raising a family and working full time. Mischelle also faced evacuating her family but still didn’t quit. What inspired you to work in education? Originally, what inspired me to work in education was my 6th-grade teacher, Mr. Lewy. He was just an amazing… Read More

Teaching new educators the importance of compassion beyond academics is key to Rachael Hoffert’s approach. Because of her experiences with English language learning students, she teaches that the emotional security that teachers can provide is just as important as reading and writing skills. What inspired you to work in education? I see working in education… Read More

Read how Lisa Fee, a master’s level teacher with Concordia University-Portland, found her own online doctoral program experience. She actually helped create the online orientations for other students before becoming one herself–and now has a fresh perspective on how much community matters. Why choose Concordia University-Portland online when you work there already? It’s like a… Read More