The Teacher's Lounge Dr. Doris Lee Moving Mountains to Change Lives
Host Phyl Macomber
Since completing a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Kennedy-Krieger Institute in 1988, Phyl Macomber has become an award-winning national speaker, author, inclusion specialist, and curriculum strategist. As President of Make A Difference, Inc., Phyl has consulted with and trained thousands of teaching staff and is a passionate catalyst for systems change in education. Phyl was featured in the Common Threads Trilogy book series in 2015 as one of the top 100 empowering women from around the globe and has been a guest on several radio shows to discuss simplifying instruction for students of all abilities. In 2016, Phyl was appointed the first ambassador of the educational affairs organization, I AM L.E.E. (I AM Living Education Everyday), whose goal is to expand conversations on educational issues and challenges impacting families and communities. In 2017, Phyl was offered an Ambassadorship at Energime University to help support their mission in educating both children and adults around the world. Phyl has created a 4-step simple system for how to teach anything to anyone – in a way that students of any ability learn faster and deeper – and, teachers succeed in reaching and teaching ALL students while meeting the standards. Her research-based teaching strategies have been published in numerous articles featured in clinical publications in education since 2009 and are being successfully used across North America, and in parts of Australia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and Italy. This systems-based instruction, called T.H.E. P.A.C.T., is outlined in Phyl’s first book, The Power of T.H.E. P.A.C.T., and is being referred to as “the simple, evidence-based solution for differentiated instruction and meaningful inclusion.”
Guest Dr. Doris Lee
Dr. Doris Lee is the founding principal of Village Academy. In a short-time, she successfully built a family-oriented school from the ground up where every student is known. She serves as a mentor to her staff building leadership capacity as well as a mentor to aspiring principals. She partners with countless community organizations including the NYPD and District Attorney’s office to support her families. Dr. Lee is known as someone who will move mountains for those she cares about and has raised over two-million dollars to improve her school facilities bringing a state of the art dance studio, multi-media recording studio, science lab and an abundance of technology and programs to her school community. She has been recognized by the CSA and Entertainers for Education (E4E) for her excellence in leadership as well as Frontline Hero by NYN Media and a Woman on Fire by WE for her dedication to students and her school community. Dr. Lee provides opportunities for her students to experience the world by providing a multitude of opportunities including annual college tours, STEM learning, and a rich arts program. She studied at Sage Colleges to become a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a focus on system leadership and cultural proficient leadership. She hopes to one day support in creating policy that closes the achievement gap.