Motivation in underserved adolescents, Social and emotional development, Critical digital literacy, Imagination and the arts, Access and equity for underserved students
Janel King is a PhD student in the University of Southern California’s Rossier Urban Education Policy program, working with Dr. Brendesha Tynes. Her research interests include motivation and social-emotional development in underserved communities, particularly in regards to creation with the arts and technology. Prior to her graduate studies at USC, Janel was the Director of Education for the Latino Film Institute’s Youth Cinema Project, where she wrote the curriculum and trained Film Mentors and teachers in educating underserved students. For 12 years before that, she worked in Lynwood Unified School District as a teacher and grade level chair and Coordinator for Secondary Education and Visual and Performing Arts. In addition to her bachelor’s degrees in Cinema Television and Classics, as well as her master’s degree in Elementary Education, Janel also holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and an Administrative Services Credential in the state of California.
Honors and Awards:
Teacher of the Year Gold Award, 2006-2007