Barbara N. Miller D.Ed
Barbara Miller has experience in regular and special education, including teaching, program coordination, professional writing, and school administration. Her experiential and research knowledge of how students learn, and what teachers need, provide an instructive and entertaining backdrop to her courses, workshops, and seminars. Barbara provides
professional development to school districts nationwide and enjoys an international reputation.
Come join her classes and have fun while learning!
Barbara is the founder and curriculum director of Educational Explorations™.
After a career managing the family wholesale candy and grocery business, Billy relocated to Oregon where he reunited with and ultimately married Barbara Miller, his high school sweetheart (ask, it’s a great story!). He became interested in therapeutic humor as a result of Barbara’s association with The Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor. Through the World Laughter Tour, Billy became a Certified Laughter Leader. It is his delight to bring Laughter Yoga to the humor classes offered by Educational Explorations. Billy also serves as the Business Manager for Educational Explorations.
Elizabeth LaCroix, Ph.C. (ABD)
Elizabeth has an eclectic background, both academically and professionally. Her academic career took her to five different universities, where she studied psychology, occupational therapy, early intervention, special education and infant mental health as well as teaching courses in early intervention and special education. Her professional career has included work in early intervention programs, schools, mental health and social service agencies. She is currently the Program Manager for Healthy Families of Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties, and the parent of a college student.
Jill Schwimmer, PhD
Jill has 15 years of extensive practical experience in the teaching of reading and writing with learners of all ages. Much of her professional life has been dedicated to teaching in teacher education programs, presenting seminars and workshops to educators, and privately tutoring struggling readers of all ages. She is a graduate of The Claremont Graduate University and owner of Score 4 Reading.
Lesli Takasugi, B.A.
Lesli has 19 years of experience as an English language arts teacher, professional musician, and songwriter. She also served as project coordinator for ESL teacher training programs with Guang-zhou, China through the Business Administration Program at Cal State Los Angeles. With the growing trend of budget cuts to school music and art programs, her particular emphasis is on integrating the creative arts into the classroom to support overall academic learning. A recent Oregon transplant, she formerly taught at Cal State University Los Angeles’ American Culture and Language Program.
Michael Bloom, M.S.S.A.
Michael provides courses in educational technologies for schools. He is nationally recognized for articles published in “Master Teacher” Technology Newsletter. Michael has presented at numerous conferences and conducted workshops in areas of Technology Integration, Internet Safety, Web 2.0, and Fundamentals of Videoconferencing.
Shelley Penny, MS
Shelley Penny, MS, characterizes her work by her relationships to students and families. Shelley has a Master’s degree in Counseling from Portland State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Oregon State in Communications. She has counseled students for over ten years by teaching guidance in the classrooms, leading small groups, and by providing individual counseling and support to families. Shelley strives to equip students to manage their challenges, and to learn social skills with realistic expectations and resources for success. She believes in open and honest communication, being approachable, and having fun!