Department Heads

We level the Playing Field for All

Cami Taiwo

"I completed my Bachelors in Psychology and Biology at Roosevelt University on the beautiful lakefront of Downtown Chicago, Illinois. Next! Off to Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois where I earned my first Master's Degree in Teaching. Following that was my 2nd Master's coursework in Educational Leadership at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. It was in Nevada, at Sierra Nevada where I completed the 200 field hour leadership work for an endorsement for Principal and Building Administrator. I have been in the business of human services with multi-state educational experience for 20 years. When we fix the foundation for kids it strengthens the entire scaffold thereby giving them a fighting chance to change their lives if they were born into precarious circumstances not of their own choosing. Education equals hope."

Sharnay Okeke

"I completed my Bachelors in Special Education with a specialty in the spectrum of Autism at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. I went on from there to earn my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. I went from working in the schools to providing services in the community as a BST and PSR Provider simultaneously. From there I became an International educator. I have been in the business of human services, education, and international education services in the U.S. and China for 15 years. I have a desire to inspire before I expire! I believe in the Mission and Vision of Spirit & Mind Behavioral Services because it echos my philosophy. We really do what's best for kids and that's what this is all about. They are who this is for. "I believe the children are the future. Teach them well and let them lead the way..."

Anissa Miller

Principal, Educator, Elementary K-6 CLICK HERE

"Certified in two states; North Carolina and Nevada; as a Principal and an educator, I believe that the curriculum should be integrated and aligned to the Standard Course of Study. The teacher should reflect and adapt teaching based on self-evaluation and various learning styles of the students. It is important to establish a personal relationship with students by giving them individual attention and maintaining high standards and goals for them to reach. Each student should be challenged at their ability level. The lessons and instructional methods should be experiential, holistic, authentic, expressive, reflective, collaborative, and developmentally appropriate in order to develop problem solvers who can be fairly assessed using various assessments."

Darlene L. Blackburn

Special Education Highly Qualified Generalist K-Adult Click Here

"I'm a life-long learner!" Every child should have access to quality education, regardless of their (dis)abilities. As an Air Force Brat brought up in the inner-city of Detroit, Michigan I was blessed to be mentored by teachers who cared.  My love for learning was nurtured with tutoring, speed reading and test-taking skills that enabled me to attend a college-prep high school and then graduate from an ivy league college, Dartmouth College, in 3 years.  I earned my Masters in Multicultural Education from USC and am presently pursuing my Ph.d from UCLA.  Fluent in Spanish, I  worked as a Bilingual and Spanish Teacher for 25 years, and am presently licensed as a Certified Special Education Teacher. Working with "Mind Your Books Education, Inc." allows me to provide participants with the tools and skills for success in both English and Spanish.

Stuart Elzy

Principal/Educator/Creative Arts/Sports- K-12 CLICK HERE

"I love working with under-served youth and bring to the program years of service and educational experience as an Administrator and Educator of General and Special Education. I participate in the arts as an actor and bring those elements into the learning experiences of our youth. My wife and I are foster parents of 4 children, and this contributes to a greater understanding of the special needs of the children that I serve at home and also professionally. My experiences as a Physical Education teacher helps me to combine learning with fun."

Sean Jackson

Studio Recording Class/Chess Club/Science & ELA Education Aide K-Adult Click Here

"I completed my Bachelors of Science in Biology at Truman State University in 2017. I have a unique love for Science, Metaphysics, Forensics, recording original beats, writing music, playing Ragtime and Classical piano, and also working with kids. I love the combination of academics and creative arts to inspire our youth. When learning is made fun, and accessed from a rhythmic energy, knowledge becomes understanding and learning becomes effortless. "

Michelle Cabral

Math and Music Educator Click Here

Classically trained musician turned math nerd. I am a licensed math educator and I have taught all math courses from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. 

My mission in life is to provide high-quality education to all children regardless of race, gender, or social status.

James Hightower

Math and Science Education Aide K-Adult Click HERE

"I completed my double Bachelors of Science in Biology and Mathematics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA in 2011. From there I went on to complete my Masters in Education from Bethel University in 2017.

I began my Ph.D studies in Applied Mathematics at UNLV in 2015. In 2017. I am still undergoing the completion of this process. Mathematics is a subject that I am passionate about because it is an indispensable tool that is utilized across all subject areas. Mathematics also teaches students logic and helps them to develop the necessary problem solving skills needed to navigate through this dynamic and complex world successfully. Looking at the educational discrepancies that plague people of color across all ages, I found the calling as  a responsibility to guide our youth toward correcting these discrepancies. This is why I decided to be a part of the Mind Your Books organization because it gives me the opportunity to help students unlock their potential through the teachings of mathematics."