Our Directors

We've assembled a team to bring together the best and brightest minds to help children's learning blossom and grow.  We are experts in the field of Education and have a passion for helping every child achieve their dreams. 

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Dr. Marilyn Joshua Williams, Ph.D.
Director of Curriculum & Academic Affairs

Dr. Joshua Williams has over 20 years of experience in Elementary Education and extensive experience directing summer programs. Her passion for teaching and touching the community through education continues to drive her desire to push students to become high achievers while in an environment of joy and rigor.



Dr. Williams has the distinction of being one of the first authors in the country to retell classic fairy tales featuring African-American Children (1990):  Cinderella and the Glass Slipper; The Original Three Pigs: Retold; Snow White; and The Adventures of Curious Eric: Learning Concepts.
 

 

Dr. Williams has presented at national, state, and regional conferences; conducted professional development workshops. Some of her past accomplishments include: 

  • Former Chair of Elementary Education Department at California State University of Northridge, 
  • Reading Consultant, Reading First Teacher Education Network/NCATE serving as Lead faculty in the Reading First Initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education/NCATE,
  • An Advisory Board Member of the CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading, CSU Chancellor’s office,
  • CSUN Faculty Senator,
  • Faculty Council Member, 
  • Actively participated in the NCATE/CCTC accreditation process, 
  • Faculty Mentor/Coordinator for part time reading faculty, developed a handbook for a reading course EED 520,
  • Consulting - Professional Development Reading / Language Arts Workshops on “Students as Authors, “The Connection between Writing and Reading,” “Including all Children in Reading and Writing Activities.”

Publications:
“Fun, Creative, Community Stories: Dismantling Writers’ Block!,” 
The Claremont Yearbook, Number 66, 2002.

“Community Squiggle,” The California Reader, 35 (3), 17-24, February 2000 .

“Inside picture books: Where are the children of color?,” Educational Horizons, 80 (3), 125-132. 

"Preparing Teachers to Teach Reading Effectively," Office of the Chancellor, California State University, October 2002 (contributing author). Co “In retrospect: What college undergraduates say about their high school education,” The High School Journal, 85 (4), 1-15 (co-author).

"The Effect of Pictures and Prompts on the Writing of Students in Primary Grades:  Action Research by Graduate Students at California State University, Northridge." Action in Teacher Education.

Dr. Nancy Prosenjak, Ph.D.​
Director of Skills Center​

Dr. Prosenjak holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University, a M. S. in Reading and a M. S. in Gifted Education from Youngstown State University, and a B.S. in Education from The Ohio State University. She has over 35 years of experience in Education, serving as a Professor in Elementary Education, classroom teacher, Reading Specialist, and Coordinator of Gifted Programs. Her teaching and research interests include literacy, children’s/adolescent literature, issues of gender/social justice, and teacher education.