Dr. Joan Yvonne Pedro is the Dean for the College of Education, at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Previously she served as Associate Dean of the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Hartford. Dr. Pedro received her Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Curriculum and Instruction, a MSc. in Special Education from the University of Miami and a B.A(Hons) in Social Sciences and History from the University of the West Indies. Among her many accomplishments at UHCL are developing a qualified and diverse faculty, strengthening interdisciplinary collaborations, building new academic programs and fostering a positive culture. Dr. Pedro has articles published in National and International journals in the areas of reflective practice, literacy and teacher education. She has participated in numerous presentations at regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Pedro has conducted workshops both in the United States and in the Caribbean in teacher education. She is an active member of many professional organizations. Her research interests are in teacher development, literacy, reflective practice and leadership.

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