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James Pierpont Comer, MD, MPH

Founder

Maurice Falk Professor in the Child Study Center

Associate Dean for Student Affairs, School of Medicine

Research Interests

Child Development Disorders, Pervasive; Child Psychiatry; Education; Psychiatry; Race Relations; Schools

Dr. James P. Comer is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine's Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut. He is known nationally and internationally for his creation of the Comer School Development Program in 1968. This teamwork concept promotes the collaboration of parents, educators and community to improve student development that, in turn, helps them achieve greater academic and overall school success.

Dr. Comer's pioneering work in school...

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Fay E Brown, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center

Director, Child and Adolescent Development School Development Program Yale Child Study Center





Fay E.
Brown, an Associate Research Scientist at the Child Study Center at
Yale University, serves as the Director of Child and Adolescent Development for
the School Development Program in that Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1984 and later
received a Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling, and then a
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Howard University.

Dr.
Brown has worked at the elementary, high school and college...

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Camille J Cooper

Lecturer in the Child Study Center

Director of Teaching and Learning for the School Development Program

Camille J. Cooper, Ed.D. is Director of the School Development Program's Learning, Teaching and Development initiatives which include Teachers Helping Teachers and Balanced Curriculum programs. Teaching, Learning, and Development (T, L, &D) expands the focus of the Yale Child Study Center's School Development Program (SDP) from relationships and school climate to student achievement and school performance.

Camille also leads the organization’s intake, implementation, and professional development...

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Cynthia Savo, MA

Lecturer in the Child Study Center

Cynthia R. Savo, M.A. is responsible for the Comer SDP’s communications including the organization’s e-newsletter, YouTube, and Facebook pages, and web content. She also contributes to the organization's customized professional development activities with pre-K-12 educators.

Savo rejoined the SDP staff in 2007 after ten years as the principal of Cynergy Associates, LLC, a consulting practice that served school districts, and other nonprofits. She consulted to the Rockefeller Foundation's Working...

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Sheila G. Brantley, MA

Student Support Facilitator Coordinator

Shelia G. Brantley serves as a Student Support Facilitator Coordinator for the New Haven Public Schools. Before that she served as the District Comer Facilitator in New Haven. She has been trained in the Comer Process and has implemented the program in New Haven since 1995. She presently collaborates with the School Development Program to work with ten schools in the district in the areas of team effectiveness, relationship building, child and adolescent development, and utilizing the guiding...

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Jeffery German, EdS

Implementation Coordinator

Jeffery German, EdS is an Implementation Coordinator working with schools and districts in several states. Jeff taught history at the junior high level and has been a principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. During his tenure as principal of Welborn Middle School in Guilford County, North Carolina, the school won several achievement awards and was featured in a PBS television special. In 1997, Jeff received the Patrick Francis Daly Memorial Award for Excellence in Educational...

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Sheila Jackson, MS

Director - Comer Professional Development and Training Center

Sheila Jackson, M.S. is the director of the Department of School Improvement in the Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland. She has also directed the Comer SDP Regional Professional Development and Training Center in Prince George’s County since its inception in 1994.

For the past 20 years Sheila has been working with the Comer SDP Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). In 1991 she was hired as a Parent Facilitator of the Comer SDP and helped to implement what has been the...

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Ann Levett, EdD

Former Director - School Development Program

M. Ann Levett has been as a professional educator for over 30 years. She has served as Deputy Director and Executive Director of the School Development Program (SDP). In addition to managing all aspects of the SDP, she coordinated the SDP’s university partnerships and managed its federal grants.

Prior to coming to the SDP, Dr. Levett served as Chair of the Masters in Educational Leadership and Principal Licensure programs at Antioch University McGregor in Yellow Springs, Ohio and in the...

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Carol P. Ray, MEd

Principal - Asheville High School

Carol P. Ray, M.Ed. is the principal of Asheville High School in Asheville, North Carolina. She is a nationally distinguished principal, twice named Principal of the Year in Asheville. In over 30 years as an educator Carol has been a teacher, assistant principal, a director of elementary education, and the principal of four schools: Jones Primary School, Hall Fletcher and Claxton Elementary Schools, and Asheville High School.

In 2004 Carol received the prestigious Patrick Francis Daly Memorial...

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Jan Stocklinski, MA

Senior Implementation Coordinator

Jan Stocklinski, MA is a Senior Implementation Coordinator and has been involved with the SDP since 1985. She retired in 1998 as Director of the Comer School Development Program after 32 years working in the Prince George's County Public Schools and the last 13 years in the Comer Office.

She was one of the original National SDP facilitators. Working with her staff she saw the Prince George's County SDP grow from 10 schools in 1985 to over 80 in 1998 and from a staff of 2 to a staff of 16....

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