LENA LIU

10668 Eastborne Ave., #104 Los Angeles, CA 90024  
(310) 717-4594  
lena@MyForteLearning.com

SUMMARY
Awarded educator, curriculum specialist, experienced business development consultant, and entrepreneur. 

Extensive experience in organizational strategy, staff development, and program management. A mission-focused leader and trusted self-starter dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap, empowering school systems and the talent within them to maximize their potential.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Campus Director                                                                      August 2015 to August 2016
Futures in Education, Inc. - Halstrom Academy     

• Manage all aspects of sales and operations for private school focused on 1:1 learning which serves students with unique needs in grades 6-12

• Directly supervise staff of up to 12 full and part-time employees including training, conducting performance reviews, processing payroll and facilitating all aspects of professional development

• Create and develop lasting relationships with professional resources to address student needs outside of the classroom, including therapists and clinicians 

• Meet and exceed sales goals through outreach to local schools, community and parents on the West Side of Los Angeles 

• Create and launch programs to foster campus culture and engage students in extracurricular activities including athletics programs, book clubs and support groups 

• Meet all requirements and maintain good standing with all creditors and approving organizations, including WASC, NWAC, NCAA and UC

• Maintain and update SalesForce database of over 500 to track leads and points of contact

Director of Education                                                                      May 2012 to July 2015
Franklin Educational Services                

• Matched instructors for 1:1 academic support and educational therapy to children of high-profile celebrity clientele 

• Conducted intakes and evaluated neuropsychological evaluations and IEPs to determine appropriate services and application of Laurel Springs curriculum and ensure students met grade-level academic standards

• Managed operations of learning center which provided on-site instruction to up to 12 students daily

• Created marketing and promotional materials to recruit new students and top-tier instructors

• Recruited and on-boarded all new instructors including orientation facilitation 

• Managed assignments for over 150 instructors, educational therapists, and reading specialists through ongoing supervision and instructional resources

• Lead graduate level Academic Management training workshops for all instructors

Intervention Teacher                                                             September 2010 to June 2011
Will Rogers Learning Community     

• Planned and taught Math lessons for 1st-5th grade intervention students to ensure understanding and mastery of basic concepts

• Consulted with parents, administration, and specialists to differentiate instruction and assess students’ learning 

• Incorporate developmentally appropriate classroom management strategies to accommodate a diverse student population

6th Grade Founding/Lead Math Teacher                               August 2008 to July 2010
New Los Angeles Charter School           

• Founded charter middle school focused on social justice which served socially diversepopulation of students from communities throughout Los Angeles

• Served as Department Head, ensuring students’ classroom curriculum aligned with the state standards

• Counseled and guided students to meet their academic, social, and maturational needs

• Taught elective classes including technology, knitting and yoga

Elementary School Teacher                                                  August 2006 to August 2008
Frank Del Olmo Elementary School                      

• Recognized as Most Effective Teacher (value-added) by Los Angeles Times based on California Standards Tests scores

• Planned and implemented lessons across content areas including Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, with a language development emphasis

• Developed, designed, and instructed English Language Development to English Language Learners.

• Collaborated with grade-level team and administrators weekly to evaluate student performance and ensure consistency

Elementary School Teacher                                                  August 2004 to August 2006
Commonwealth Avenue Elementary School     

• Provided instruction to 1st and 3rd grade students in underserved community of Los Angeles  

• Engaged with parents and incorporated them into school events and classroom activities to build community

• Evaluated student progress and conducted ongoing assessments to inform future instruction for 20 students

Web Designer and Content Developer                         August 2001 to September 2003
Interactive Multi-Media Exercises (IMMEX) 

• Created informational publications which instructed teachers on methods to incorporate technology into the classroom

• Developed and delivered comprehensive technology and web design training workshops to over 15 teachers

• Partnered with teachers to develop their own websites for classroom use including syllabi, assignments and assessments

SKILLS

• Proficient with both Windows and Mac Operating Systems

• Software: Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel), Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, BestNotes, UCLA and teaching related programs

• Conversational Spanish, Taiwanese; Beginner Mandarin, Japanese

• Classically trained violinist (Jonas Brothers, DaKah Hip-Hop, Mos Def, Common, UCLA Symphony Orchestra)

EDUCATION
   UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES • Los Angeles, California

Masters of Education

California Teaching Credential:       Multiple Subject Credential (Kindergarten-6th Grade)

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES • Los Angeles, California

Bachelor of Science:                       Psychobiology