The leadership philosophy of Priddy Learning Academy is one based on student performance and continuous improvement. Every decision we make is centers on how it will make a positive impact on student learning.
Michael C. Priddy
Michael is a native Kansan and a graduate of the University of Kansas where he majored in economics. Following his graduation, Michael turned his attention towards Japan and learning Japanese. He was the recipient of a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship through the U.S. Dept. of Education, to study in a Japanese language immersion program at Indiana University, and later, a Japanese Ministry of Education Fellowship to study at Sophia University in Tokyo. Following his studies, Michael worked as an instruction specialist and materials developer for the Kumon Institute of Education in Tokyo (Japan), Sydney (Australia) and Teaneck, New Jersey. Priddy Learning Academy is a culmination of Michael’s life and experience, and his belief in the transformative power of education.
Dr. Fangjie Liu
Dr. Liu is a graduate of Northeastern University, P.R. of China, where she majored in Metal Physics. Following her graduation, she received an appointment as a Research Scientist at the General Research Institute for Non-Ferrous Metals in Beijing. Later she was a Visiting Professor at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at Tokyo Imperial University, and was the Section Chief at the Materials and Energy Research Institute in Tokyo. While earning her doctorate at Tokyo Metropolitan University, she authored and co-authored more than sixty articles and presentations in various international journals and conferences related to her field. Dr. Liu’s advanced scientific knowledge has presumed an expertise in mathematics. She brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion to the value of education and the impact it can make on young people’s lives.
“We believe in continuously improving our instructional methods and learning materials to reach even further heights in learning and discovering.”
– Priddy credo
Research and Teacher Development Team
The most valuable asset in any organization is its people. Priddy Learning Academy invests in orientation and professional development through regularly scheduled staff meetings. Our teaching and training staff has a minimum of 10 years of experience.
Senior Research and Education Advisor
Amber Rowland, PhD
Amber Rowland, PhD serves as the Senior Research and Education Advisor for Priddy Learning Academy where, she supports educator professional learning, facilitates development of program offerings, and directs research operations. Amber is also an Assistant Research Professor for the University of Kansas at the Center for Research on Learning where she directs grants and facilitates state contracts in her areas of expertise including teacher professional learning, technology integration, online instruction, instructional coaching, and supporting all students in learning, especially those who struggle. Amber has directed grants funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Special Education and Policy, and the Department of Education. Her teaching experiences range from Kindergarten to the college classroom where she has taught at multiple levels, both face-to-face and online. She has served as a technology integration specialist, Instructional Coach, and an instructor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. Dr. Rowland has multiple publications including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, white papers, and an encyclopedia entry on Treatment Integrity. She has offered hundreds of presentations at local, state and national conferences including AERA, ISTE, CEC, NSDC and SITE. In 2008, Amber was recognized as one of the 20 emerging leaders in education technology by the National School Boards Association “20 to Watch” initiative and in 2016, she was recognized as a Kansas of University, Woman of Distinction. In her spare time, Dr. Rowland and her family enjoy college basketball, all things baseball, and fly fishing!
Teacher Development Team
Emily is a member of the Teacher Development Team, Writing Section Leader, for the Priddy LIVE Online teaching staff. She comes to Priddy from her home in Kansas in a fully-remote capacity. Emily has taught at the elementary, middle, high school, and college level for the past 12 years.
Currently, Emily is an instructional coach, writer, and consultant. She is also a specialist in research-based instructional models and teaches personalized writing and English online nationally and internationally. Emily earned her B.S. in Elementary Education and her M.S. in Educational Instructional Technology with an emphasis in Library Media Science from Pittsburg State University. She was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. Since graduating, Emily has continued her professional development including Teach Like a Champion, Educational Technology Workshops, and Instruction That Works. This year she is a member of an Invitational Leader Institute as part of the Flint Hills Writing Project and is an Assessment Coordinator for the US Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress test for 2019.
Teacher Development Team
Suzanne has a degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas. She also has an Administrative endorsement. Suzanne received her English as a Second Language endorsement through Kansas State University. She has taught third grade, was a teacher and principal at the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe Kansas, and has taught Special Education in Lawrence Kansas. She is currently an English as a Second Language Adjunct Professor at Morningside College in Sioux City Iowa.
Q: Why do you like teaching at Priddy Learning Live Online?
I love being able to help students learn concepts through interactive, fun, and innovative ways. I believe the online platform provides the opportunity to meet students from all backgrounds.
Q: What is your favorite book?
Where the Wild Things Are. It is full of imagination and I loved reading it to my children.
Q: What is the most recent book you have read?
I enjoy reading all kinds of books. I am currently reading “7-An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.” I like to switch from fiction to books that help improve my life.
Q: Do you have any hobbies or outside interests?
I love to be outside and spending time with my grandchildren. I love to plant flowers and watch how they start out as seedlings and turn into a beautiful, colorful flower. I love anything on water from paddle boarding, kayaking or spending time at the beach. I enjoy taking my dogs for walks and biking.
Q: What long term goals do you have that you would like to share?
I am passionate about helping children learn in innovative ways. Every child learns differently and finding that unique way is motivating. I have a therapy dog named “Sabali” who likes to travel to schools with me. Sabali listens to children read and encourages them to learn. As a child my dream was to come back to my hometown(size 1200) and use sign language to talk to two sisters who were deaf. I obtained this dream and I want to help children obtain their dreams.
Q: Why do you want to teach English in Japan?
It is a way for me to learn a different culture and I want to help children be successful.
Q: What advice would you give a Japanese student learning English?Keep practicing, keep working, and to keep dreaming.
Teacher Development Team