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Dr. Heather Macdonald, co-founder of Glencorse Higher Potential for Learning, has been working with at-risk children and teens for the last 19 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Religious Education and discovered her love for street children when given the privilege of working with at-risk youth in Mexico City. It was at this point that Dr. Macdonald discovered a passion to see children develop inner strength and, through knowledge, begin to heal.
Dr. Macdonald continued to work with at-risk children through schools, corrections and therapeutic treatment programs in both clinical and management positions, in each environment becoming very aware that she needed more knowledge to be able to help these children. Dr. Macdonald opened her own private practice nine years ago.
Dr. Macdonald brings with her an understanding of child and adolescent development, supervisory and management experience, teaching/training facilitator, and has a wealth of knowledge in connecting with teenagers about their educational and socio-emotional needs. Dr. Macdonald approaches her clinical work from a post-modern perspective where she relies on socially constructed realities to guide her understanding of systems and human narratives.
Dr. Macdonald obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology following the completion of her dissertation on how trauma affects academic achievement. Her dissertation was completed in 2013 and led to the development of the Tri-Optimal Learning Model.
Dr. Karine Clay, co-founder of Glencorse Higher Potential for Learning, spent the first eleven years of her life in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, then the next nineteen years in the state of New York. She graduated from several universities between 1988 and 2007 and received her Bachelor of Arts (African and Japanese Studies), Masters of Arts (Liberal Studies), Masters of Science (Health Service Administration) and a Masters of Arts in Education, the degree that fueled her passion for education. She then embarked on another academic journey to obtain her PhD in Education.
Dr. Clay's current post-doctoral goal is to assist not only developed countries but developing countries, like The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, to achieve accessible and quality education for all students and, in this way, giving each student, regardless of gender, race and socio-economic background, the chance to participate in the global potential for individual and national success. Karine believes it is a very delicate blend of knowledge and love, with recognition of individuality and acceptance of diversity that is needed to address the challenges confronting our global society.
Dr. Clay's humanistic philosophic approach in education supports her need to promote a wider sphere of influence by addressing diversity concerns, integrating information on diverse cultures and issues through literature, and service learning-based initiatives. She has guided learners through the successful completion of undergraduate and graduate studies in both the on-line and traditional learning environments.
DR. HEATHER MACDONALD
DR. KARINE CLAY