A former middle and high school mathematics teacher, Dr. Mona Kiani is passionate about transforming the field of education with engaging, real-world learning experiences for students that result in social action. After teaching throughout California and Chile in public, private, and charter schools, Mona completed her doctorate degree at UC San Diego, researching how to support at-risk students with emotional intelligence.
Both locally and abroad, Mona has been a guest lecturer in University Teacher Education Programs, presented at various conferences around innovative classroom design, equity and access for diverse learners, and EI in schools, and is the 2016 recipient of the National InspirED Changemaker award, given by Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence and Facebook for her projects around addressing the social and emotional needs of students and teachers. Her diverse experiences within the field of education allow her to best serve the various needs of the schools on the West Coast.
Where did you go to college and what was your major? I received a B.S. in Managerial Economics at UC Davis, M.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics Education at UC Los Angeles, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at UC San Diego.
What is your current background on your computer/phone? My adorable nieces, Nala and Niya, who live in China.
What is your favorite quote? “I am the only problem I will ever have. And I am the solution.” — Dr. Jon Baker