Meet Stacey Hunter Schwartz, Ph.D.
Dr. Schwartz joined Brookfield in 2019, after two decades of leading educational programs in higher education and nonprofit settings. The daughter of math and English teachers, as a teenager, she ran a summer school in her parents’ home and dreamed of being a teacher; however, her parents discouraged her from pursuing a K-12 career. Instead she served as a counselor, professor and dean of special education at Coastline Community College in Orange County. Later, when her husband’s career took her to South Carolina, Kansas and Arkansas, Dr. Schwartz created and taught remedial, accelerated, and vocational programs for young adults and co-founded a nonprofit that creates apps and app training for people with cognitive challenges. Now, having returned to her native California, Dr. Schwartz felt compelled to revisit her childhood goal of teaching children. While substituting in middle school classes in 2018-19, she fell in love with Brookfield.
Throughout her career, Dr. Schwartz has focused on challenging people to build on their strengths while strengthening their abilities to compensate for their challenges. Her belief in developing a growth mindset, combined with a love of grammar and books, makes her excited to teach sixth grade English and speech to Brookfield students.
Education could be called Dr. Schwartz’s family business. Not only is she the daughter of high school teachers, but she is also the wife of a law professor and dean and the mother of two daughters, one who teaches third grade and the other a former kindergarten teacher pursuing a doctorate in school psychology.
Ph.D. in Education (Counseling Psychology), University of Southern California
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Loyola Marymount University
B.A. in Psychology (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude), University of California, Los Angeles