EDU Consultants are great educators! Based on your school, district or business needs, EDU management has identified local, state and nationally recognized, high qualified professionals. Each has years of experience helping clients to coordinate, plan, facilitate and meet your professional learning goals.
A great educator, Bob Harris began his teaching career at the middle school through adult learning in the Long Beach Unified School District. Having the desire to have an impact on a greater number of students, he transitioned onto a sales career with the largest educational publisher. There, he worked with the California State Department of Education, teachers, and curriculum leaders to coordinate the development of programs for California’s Curriculum Frameworks and Standards.
Bob has also led and managed teams of specialized consultants that provided training in all subject areas, including STEM and NGSS standards. As California’s Regional Vice President at Pearson, he coordinated with the editorial and author teams to develop a complete K-9 science program, adopted by the California State School Board.
During his long and successful sales/management career, he mentored sales teams to attain great customer service and high sales. Later, he became a business owner of multiple Fantastic Sam’s franchises. Bob applied his experience to build teams with loyal customers pleased with the high level of service.
Upon retirement Bob joined EDU Consulting LLC, to continue his life-time commitment to educate those most in need, students at-risk. He develops customized, interactive trainings for retail, and hospitality businesses looking to improve their staff’s performance and bottom line. Bob teams up with owners to tailor a course meeting their mission and value proposition. Additionally, he addressed areas for improvement. Classes have almost a 100% success rate for the exams required for certification. Business owners are pleased with the high customer satisfaction and increase in revenues.
Another great EDU Consultant is Annie Maben. With an M.S. in marine biology and a BA in English, she is credentialed in 4 subjects. She has been an educator in public and private schools from elementary through college for over 40 years. As a field biologist, Annie has had the chance to live and work in Micronesia, Australia and New Guinea. One of her main concentrations was doing original research on endangered bird species. In addition, Annie is also a published wildlife and underwater photographer. She uses her photography skills in website & curriculum design.
As an educator, she has won awards for her excellence in teaching from the Nat. Assoc. of Biology Teachers, the Tandy Corporation and the Sigma Chi Research Society. Moreover, she has served as the AP Science Coach for the LA County Office of Education. Consequently, Annie has used her writing skills for the College Board. There, she has created curriculum and presented national workshops for AP Science teachers.
A long-time member of the LA County Science & Engineering Fair Advisory Board, Annie loves mentoring students doing research projects. For 7 years, Annie was the Project Coordinator for the CSULB Young Scholars Ocean Science Institute. Currently, she gets her “kid fix” volunteering at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and El Dorado Nature Center. Now semi-retired, Annie continues to work as a science consultant for the UCLA Science Project. She facilitates professional learning workshops and mentors new teachers. Annie brings enthusiasm, dedication and a nurturing spirit to help support student success and protect the environment.
EDU Consultant Patrick Denny has been actively involved in technology-related fields since 1984. Following several years in municipal government, he created Patrick Denny Consulting. As lead trainer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education for over ten years, Patrick wrote, designed and presented courseware for a variety of software applications with the goal of helping teachers and employees become better prepared to use technology in a productive way. The Microsoft Office suite of applications was a primary focus of this training experience. He has been an instructor and facilitator at more than 1500 training sessions, primarily in the fields of education and technology support.
As a core part of his consulting practice, Patrick has designed dozens of unique data management solutions employing the FileMaker Pro development environment. These custom databases include a child enrollment and attendance system for Head Start agencies and numerous solutions for a variety of Los Angeles County Office of Education divisions and programs. Over the years he has been an invited speaker and trainer for such diverse groups as the California Judges Association, the League of California Cities and many school districts including Los Angeles Unified, Downey, Barstow, Montebello, Pomona and Santa Monica-Malibu.
Patrick has provided his expertise to several non-profit agencies in the Los Angeles area, including the creation of a complete data management solution for the Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair. He attended the University of Southern California and holds a full-time California State teaching credential (Designated Subjects; Computer Applications).
EDU Consultant Sandi Yellenberg began her journey in education developing and teaching music programs to preschoolers and K-5 elementary students. She extended this part-time work by developing and teaching a K-5 science lab program. Building on her undergraduate degree in biology, she returned to school earning a California Multi-Subject Teaching Credential with a Supplemental Credential in Science. Eventually, she added a master’s in educational leadership and an Administrative Credential from Santa Clara University.
After teaching in elementary grades, Sandi became her district’s K-8 Math and Science Mentor. During this time, she was awarded her district’s Distinguished Employee Award in two different years as well as their Teacher of the Year award.
Sandi then joined the Santa Clara County Office of Education as a Science Coordinator. There she designed, presented, organized, and monitored trainings for teachers and administrators. These trainings addressed integrating literacy into all content areas. She also enjoyed collaborating with colleagues when presenting ideas for integrating content across the STEAM disciplines. Additionally, she emphasized a strong pedagogical focus on supporting English Learners and developing critical thinkers using the Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning writing process. Sandi promoted quality assessment of and assessment for learning. She led teachers through lesson study processes, in addition to evaluating curriculum to meet the needs of all students.