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Mishka Anderson was born in Jamaica, West Indies and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She began her education career working for the Princeton Review and began teaching over 10 years ago as a special education teacher in Brooklyn where she received the District 16’s Community Education Council for Outstanding Teaching Performance.  In Brooklyn, she taught from grades 1-5 in inclusive and self-contained environments.   Mishka taught at a middle school in Georgia and became a girls’ track and field coach.  Mishka had a zest for traveling and became an international educator in 4 countries teaching students who were culturally and linguistically diverse. 

She holds a BA from New York University and her MSED from Long Island University.  Currently, Mishka is a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin studying Multicultural Special Education. She has worked as a field supervisor for UT Austin and El Paso where she supervised, evaluated, mentored and supported the development of over 30 special and general education interns and student teachers in a variety of classroom settings. Mishka's research interests are culturally responsive pedagogy, international educators' job experiences, and disability history.  Mishka loves watching track and field, reading, learning new things, traveling, and living in different countries. 

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BETH LAKRETZ, Founder and President

“Working with Beth for the past six years has been enlightening. She is what I call the "Guru" of the world of
differentiated instruction.  She never runs out of ideas to help students of varying abilities.  Beth has a natural
understanding of children’s needs in both academic and social settings.  She offers realistic suggestions to anyone
who comes in contact with students so that the students can meet with success.  Beth is a warm, gentle,
and loving woman who makes working with her an absolute delight. She opens up people's eyes to realize how 
important, yet simple, it can be to reach each and every child within a classroom”.

Eileen Longhway, 6th Grade Teacher, Island Trees Middle School

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