Tran Templeton

Tran Templeton, Program Advisor, has a B.S. in Human Development from The University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Teaching and Learning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Currently she is studying for her doctorate in Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York City. In 2006, while studying at the University of Washington, Tran was called to serve as Program Director for the Monarch School Guatemala, a position she held from 2006, during the preparatory and planning phase until 2010. In that position she worked with the faculty, taking the lead and transferring the model of The Monarch School from Houston to Guatemala City.

Tran participated in all aspects of the program and the development of the physical, social, emotional and intellectual components of the school. Tran worked to shape an extremely competent team of Guatemalan professionals, a goal she is proud to have completed in 2010. Currently as Program Advisor, Tran maintains frequent contact with staff of the Colegio Monarch Guatemala to provide support through consultation and feedback.

Tran has been an educator of children with developmental, emotional and behavioral differences since 2000, having served as a teacher in private therapeutic schools in Houston, Texas. Her volunteer experience has included work with people with HIV, immigrant families, adolescents in their preparation for college and families with children with special needs. Using the vast experience she gained at the research universities where she has studied, Tran has been a part of multiple research teams that study relationships between parents and children, the treatment of children with trauma, and social and behavioral interventions for children at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders. In 2008, together with colleagues from the University of Washington, Tran co-authored a study on a large-scale intervention for children at risk in one of the top special education academic journals in the U.S. Also , she first-authored a meta-analysis conducted on interventions with children with disabilities in mathematics. One of Tran’s joys is to condense this research in education so that it is accessible for her fellow educators.

Thinking of her work in Monarch, Tran quotes Buddha: “Your job is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it” In Monarch, she believes she has found that world.

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