Pixita del Prado Hill is a professor in the Department of Elementary Education, Literacy, and Educational Leadership at SUNY Buffalo State. She serves as PDS Co-Director, Global Literacy Engagement Co-Director, and International PDS Chile Co-Facilitator. She teaches in the areas of content literacy, social studies methods, and international education. She has partnered with several PDS schools and is currently partnered with Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy and Lafayette International Community High School. Dr. del Prado Hill was previously a secondary English and Social Studies teacher. Her recent co-authored publication includes Doing PDS: Stories and Strategies from Successful Clinically Rich Practice (2017).
Keli Garas-York is an associate professor in the Department of Elementary Education, Literacy, and Educational Leadership at SUNY Buffalo State. She serves as PDS Co-Director, Literacy Specialist Program Coordinator, and Literacy Center Director. She teaches graduate literacy courses. She has partnered with several PDS schools and is currently partnered with Windermere Elementary School. Dr. Garas-York was previously an elementary school teacher and reading teacher. Her recent co-authored publications include Doing PDS: Stories and Strategies from Successful Clinically Rich Practice (2017) and Constructing Meaning through Discussion in the Handbook of Research on Reading Comprehension (2017).
Andrea was born and raised in Honduras. She moved to the United States in 2013 to attend college and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. There she also earned a Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis and an Autism Endorsement.
Andrea is now attending SUNY Buffalo State to earn another Master’s degree in the Exceptional Education Department, 7-12 Generalist Master's Program, along with a Graduate Certificate in Bilingual Education.
Aside from working as a GA for PDS and the department of Elementary Education, Literacy, and Educational Leadership, Andrea is also currently working in Behavioral Health Services for the Barber National Institute in Erie, PA, where she works as a Behavior Specialist Consultant.
Considering her interest in exceptional education and her current work experiences, Andrea will be conducting a research project on the way in which related services personnel can build rapport with clients/students through remote instruction. When she is not working or studying, Andrea loves spending time with her husband, Lynn, and their two huge German Shepherds, Ava and Duke! She also enjoys listening to historical podcast and finding things around her house that need to be fixed or renovated.
Andrea is looking forward to this new stage in her college career at SUNY Buffalo State along with working with PDS and the EELEL department, and all of the fantastic faculty, staff and students involved in the programs as well as a fantastic bunch of PDS Student Representatives. To learn more about them and their experience working with PDS, check out the Student Representatives page!
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