Learn more about Richard Sorenson's PD offerings Richard D. Sorenson, Professor Emeritus, is the former department chairperson of the Educational Leadership and Foundations Department at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He also served as the director of the Principal Preparation Program. He earned his doctorate from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi in educational leadership. Dr. Sorenson served public schools for 25 years as a social studies teacher, principal, and associate superintendent for human resources. Dr. Sorenson continues to work with graduate students at UTEP teaching school-based budgeting and school personnel. He was named The University of Texas at El Paso College of Education Professor of the Year (2005), and he remains an active writer with numerous professional journal publications. Dr. Sorenson has authored textbooks, teacher resource guides, and workbooks related to elementary and secondary social studies curricula. He conducts workshops at the state and national levels, and he has been actively involved in numerous professional organizations, including the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA), and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP), for which he conducted annual new-principal academy workshops the previous 12-years. Dr. Sorenson continues his research agenda in the area of the school principalship, specifically the examination of conditions and factors that inhibit and discourage lead teachers from entering school administration. He makes time each day to exercise, walking 4 to 10 miles, depending on how industrious he feels! Dr. Sorenson has been married to his wife, Donna, the love of his life, for the past 40 years, and they have two adult children, Lisa (a second-grade teacher with Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Houston, Texas) and Ryan (an Exercise Physiologist in El Paso, Texas), a wonderful son-in-law, Sam (a petroleum engineer in Houston, Texas), and two grandchildren, Savannah Grace and Nehemiah Timothy - all of whom are the pride and joy of his life. Rick and Donna reside in El Paso, Texas, on the U.S./Mexico border, with their home facing the majestic Franklin Mountains. Of course, the Sorenson family remains a lover of Pugs, most notably one Little Bit (wanna go?), and Olive (wanna snack?) too. Learn more about Lloyd Goldsmith's PD offerings Lloyd Milton Goldsmith is the director of the Principal Preparation Program and former chairperson for the Graduate Studies in Education Department at Abilene Christian University. He earned his EdD from Baylor University in the area of educational leadership. Dr. Goldsmith served public schools for 29 years as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal at a junior high school, and an elementary school principal. Dr. Goldsmith led the migration of the graduate education program to an online format. He is currently involved in developing an online EdD in educational leadership. Dr. Goldsmith and a fellow chemistry professor, Dr. Kim Pamplin, are in their 14th year codirecting a program facilitating high school chemistry and biology teachers in developing effective instructional strategies and integrating technology within their lessons. Dr. Goldsmith has served on several state committees for the Texas Education Agency. He served two terms as president of the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration. The research interests of Dr. Goldsmith relate to effective principal practices and practicum design. Dr. Goldsmith enjoys teaching in his church's inner-city outreach ministry, where he helps equip those living in poverty to better handle life's challenges. Dr. Goldsmith has been married to his wife, Mary, for the 30 years and has three adult children - Abigail, Eleanor, and Nelson. Abigail and son-in-law Andrew Harmon are the parents of his two grandchildren Luke Walling Harmon and Hilary Grace Harmon. "Pa" enjoys being "Pa". Eleanor, has taught fourth grade for two years in Taft, Texas, where her father began his teaching career. His son Nelson recently graduated with a degree in accounting and finance from Abilene Christian University. Llola, his chocolate lab, is spoiled and walks the good doctor every morning.