Dr. Patricia Insley:
Dean, School of Education
Professor of Education
B.A. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
M.A. California State University, Long Beach
Ed.D. University of Southern California
Dr. Insley brings a variety of professional experiences in her education career that has spanned over 40 years to California Coast University. After graduating with her B.A. in Spanish and German, she began her career as a Spanish and English Second Language Teacher in Southern California. She later went on to complete two master’s degrees and a doctorate degree, all with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration.
In addition to her classroom teaching, Dr. Insley has also served as an administrator in the public-school setting. Her administrative experience includes having served as a school Principal and as a District Coordinator of federal and state projects, services for second language learners, and curriculum and instruction. In addition to her teaching and administrative credentials, she holds the Bilingual Cross-Cultural Specialist credential. She has also taught postgraduate classes for teachers working on the Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development credential. She is also currently serving as a facilitator at the Institute for Leadership Development for students working on preliminary and clear California administrative credentials.
As a school Principal, she successfully led staff through a program improvement process resulting in significant improvement in student achievement. Her school was recognized for these achievements with the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award (2007) and the Business for Educational Excellence Award (2006).
As a Site Administrator, she was especially interested in creating a positive school environment and in fostering student success and the professional development of all staff. Dr. Insley maintains a special interest in working with programs that support culturally diverse populations, especially the English Language Learners. She was active in her local administrators’ organization, serving in several officer roles, including President.
Areas of Specialization
- Educational Leadership
- Student Achievement
- Staff Development
- Research Methods
- Mentor Teacher/Administrator Preparation