darla-buckley Darla Buckly MA. Ed. Mrs. Buckly teach graduate courses in the school of education both on ground and online. Her forte is to develop and design curriculum to assist public/private school teachers jump-start creative thinking and bring innovation to the classroom. Her talent includes building literature, sociological, multicultural and gender related courses that are creatively constructed. In addition, she provides support in the areas of educational and technical writing and editing, advertising for educational products, eLearning writing and managing within proprietary learning management system. She also provides social/digital media tools to help teachers stay connected, support each others efforts, and share resources in order to cultivate and promote more vibrant learning environments. As well as support in Web 2.0 social networking tools including Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter and others to help students explore the field of digital ethnography and utilize leading-edge digital media in public school classrooms. wendy-donnell
Wendy Donnell, Ph.D.
Dr. Donnell's area of expertise is literacy acquisition, with emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse students. She comes to Avila after 30 years in the public schools; during that tenure, she held positions at the classroom, school, and district level. She has participated as an invited team member of an international reading research group investigating literacy in Cuba, and has also participated in local, national, and international literacy conferences as invited guest and facilitator/presenter. Recently Dr. Donnell has worked on special literacy projects with the Office of the Mayor of Kansas City, MO and the office of the Superintendent of Kansas City, KS Public Schools. Dr. Donnell currently advises undergraduate elementary education teacher candidates, and teaches in the undergraduate education and international advocacy programs, and the graduate TESOL program. nilufer_guler
Nilufer Guler Ph.D.
Dr. Guler specializes in TESOL, ELL education and teacher education. She taught ESL/EFL courses both in the United States and abroad. Her research mainly focuses on preparing pre-service and in-service teachers to teach English Language Learners. She is widely published, has presented at numerous conferences, and has more than 10 years of ESL/ELL teaching experience at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Guler teaches undergraduate and graduate education courses. She serves as the academic advisor for middle school and secondary education students and supervisor of student teachers.

Janelle Porter LPC Consultant

Janelle currently serve as the Coordinator of Student Services in the North Kansas City School District. Her current position involves the oversight of mental health initiatives in the District as well as the development and expansion of a mental health clinic operating within the District. She is a also consult on the behavioral programs for the District including PBIS and BIST. Over the past 13 years her work outside of the District included intensive in-home therapy and an outpatient trauma therapy for adults and children. Her areas of training include: CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), TF-CBT (Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), TSS (Trauma Sensitive Schools), PBIS, and BIST. Her primary area of expertise is program development in the areas of student behavior and emotional/mental health. professional-picture-2

Andria Stokes Ed.D. Consultant

Dr. Stokes’ specialty is cognitive and metacognitive education within P-21 organizations. A strong background in curriculum and instructional design are supported by her commitment to life-long learning can be seen in the diverse positions she has held and within the various organizations for whom she has worked. From authorship of publications such as: to creation of the facilitating deep understanding and conceptual thinking systems has always been a goal. Dr. Stokes’ current work is to assist in transforming K-12 and Higher Education Institutions through coaching faculty, students, and the community to create learning legacies based on the following principles: New Roman";color:black">

Andria Stokes EdD

Steven Beldin

Steven has been a leader in special education, 504, and health services in the KC metro area for over 20 years.  His professional experience includes: serving as the Director of Pupil Services for the North Kansas City School District from May 1995 2014

Interim Director of Pupil Services, March 1994-May 1995

Special Education Coordinator, September 1989 March 1994

Learning Specialist/School Psychological Examiner, September 1987 September 1993

Learning Disabilities Teacher, elementary level, September 1985 May 1987

Steven has been a leader in professional organizations including:

Kansas City Local Administrators of Special Education (LASE) President, 2002-2003

Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education (MO CASE) Serving on the Board of Directors - 2008 to the present, President 2014 - 2016

Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) Special Education Advisory Committee