About the NCATCI Leaders

Dr. Martin Haberman
Over the past fifty years, Martin Haberman developed more teacher education programs which have prepared more teachers for children in poverty than anyone in American education. The most widely known of his programs was The National Teacher Corps, which was based on his intern program in Milwaukee. He was an advisor to alternative certification programs around the country and developed effective ways of bringing more minorities into teaching. His interviews for selecting teachers and principals who will be successful with children in poverty is now used in cities throughout the country. His developmental efforts always focused on helping to resolve the crises in urban schools serving fifteen million at-risk students by helping these school districts "grow their own" teachers and principals. Dr. Haberman was a Distinguished Professor at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. He served six years as editor of the Journal of Teacher Education, and eleven years as a Dean in the University of Wisconsin, and was the recipient of the 2009 American Educational Research Association Legacy Award. (1932- 2012)

Ms. Delia Stafford
Delia Stafford is the President & CEO of The Haberman Educational Foundation, Inc. In Houston (TX). For nearly a decade, Ms. Stafford-Johnson directed the nation's largest school district-based alternative teacher certification program in Houston Independent School District. She was twice recognized at White House ceremonies for her success in that program and her advocacy in finding good teachers for children at risk and in poverty. In addition to research interests in alternative teacher certification and teacher selection, Ms. Stafford-Johnson's publications include urban school district-based teacher education, violence prevention, beliefs of effective teachers, student resilience, and research implementation. Ms. Stafford began The Haberman Educational Foundation in 1994 for the purpose of making visible and lasting improvements in the education of America's 15 million diverse children in poverty.

Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson
Lead Researcher
Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson received her Interdisciplinary Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree, summa cum laude, in 2003 from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She currently teaches in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University as a Clinical Assistant Professor and teaches courses in the Culture and Curriculum and Educational Leadership program areas. Dr. Hill-Jackson is a ’12 -’13 Fulbright Scholar and also received the prestigious American Educational Research Association / Spencer fellowship (’02 – ’03) and was conferred with the LEAD Star Award (’02) for her research in childhood lead-poisoning and community education. She is the co-editor of the well received and lauded book, Transforming Teacher Education: What Went Wrong and How We Can Fix It(Stylus, 2010). Dr. Hill Jackson also has 2 pending books and over 20 book chapters and scholarly articles to her credit.

Advisory Board

Ryan Cameron
Chief Technology
Officer Sweet Rush, Inc.
Corporate E-Learning

Ricardo Fernandez
Lehman College

Charles E.M. Kolb
Committee for Eco.Development

Jimmy Kilpatrick
Editor & Chief

G. Reid Lyon, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Synergistic Education Solutions
Mike McKibbin
Former California Teacher Credentialing

Carl Patton
Former President
Georgia State University

George E. Uhlig
Former Dean
University of South Alabama

Michael Wolfe
Former Executive Director
Kappa Delta Pi

Leo Klagholz
Former Education Commissioner
New Jersey