Distinguished Speakers

Judith Fuller, M.Ed.,  Director of Admissions/Dean, Lower School, Park Century School

Katherine Gibson, Ed.D., College Counselor, Westmark School

Heidi Morris, M.A., Director, Renaissance School for Arts and Sciences

Gabriella Tempestoso, M.A., Associate Dean/Director of Academic Support Services, Pitzer College (Claremont Colleges Consortium)

 
JUDITH FULLER, M.Ed.

Ms. Fuller came to Park Century School after founding, co-directing and working in private practice as a Reading Specialist for Brentwood Reading and Educational Therapists. Prior to working in private practice, Ms. Fuller worked as an administrator for LAUSD in the Special Education and Child Development Departments.

She became an administrator for the district after serving as a Classroom Teacher and Curriculum Enrichment Advisor.

Ms. Fuller earned her M.Ed., Reading Specialist Credential and Administrative Credential at UCLA and her B.A. in Asian Studies and Early Childhood Education Credential from CSUN.

While her children attended Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District she did extensive volunteer work in special education and co-founded the parent group “Parents of Children with Special Needs.”

 

KATHARINE GIBSON, Ed.D.

Dr. Gibson is the College Counselor at Westmark School, an independent day school for students with learning differences.

Katharine has been teaching and advocating for students with learning differences for over twenty years.

She received her Doctorate in Education from UCLA.  Her dissertation examined the ways college students with attention challenges could enhance success by harnessing attention during academic reading and lectures.

 

HEIDI PARKER MORRIS, M.A.

Ms. Heidi Parker Morris is the Director of Renaissance School for Arts and Sciences as well as Director of Middle Schools for both Rolling Hills Prep School and Renaissance School. Utilizing her background in special education, educational therapy, and family therapy, and with the help of school administration, faculty, and staff, Heidi has created innovative, effective teaching programs to help a wide range of students reach their potential and maximize their success in school and beyond.

An accomplished skier, sailor and rock climber, when not attending to school matters, Heidi enjoys time in the outdoors with her family and friends.

Heidi, in conjunction with other school administrators, is currently working on a series of presentations illustrating the unique programs and interactive relationship between Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools.

 

GABRIELLA TEMPESTOSO, M.A.

Dean Gabriella Tempestoso joined Pitzer College on Dec. 1 as the new Associate Dean of Students and Director of Academic Support Services. Tempestoso, who has 17 years of experience in higher education, previously served as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Access and Support Services at Mills College in Oakland, Calif.

Tempestoso wrote that she was thrilled to be joining Pitzer and was drawn to the college because of its core mission of social justice. Tempestoso also anticipates transitioning from the medical model of disability services towards a broader social justice model that focuses on access and diversity rather than deficiency.  “My career has been founded on the commitment to increase student success at every level, particularly for traditionally underrepresented populations. I am a hands-on leader and find a great deal of satisfaction in providing a holistic approach to student support, including academic advising, coaching, and advocacy so that students may reach their educational goals.”

Dean Tempestoso, a first-generation college student, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of La Verne and her master’s from Claremont Graduate University. She is fluent in Spanish and an active member of various professional student affairs organizations.