Pam Herkner-Chasse, Ed. D. has enjoyed a 38 year career as an educator in Southern California as a Principal, Adjunct University Professor, Director of Education, Resources Specialist, and Special Education Teacher. Dr. Herkner-Chasse has dedicated herself to closing the achievement gap by building a kind, caring, and compassionate learning environment with a focus on Social-Emotional Development in partnership with students, staff, parents, and the community. A firm believer in continuous improvement, her leadership is facilitated by the principles of shared decision-making, Professional Learning Communities (PLC), and finding the “next right answer” together. Currently lives in Ventura County. Her number one love in life is her daughter and sister (and her cats).