Jessica Potts holds a doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno in Secondary Education, with an emphasis on gifted education and online learning. Her M.A. is in English Literature, with an emphasis on the English Renaissance. She has spent most of her teaching career at a public school for profoundly gifted students. Currently, she teaches online courses and develops online content. Formerly, she taught graduate courses on gifted education at UNR. Her research is focused mainly on furthering the burgeoning field of online learning for gifted students. Jessica and her husband, Skip Potts, live in the Czech Republic with their sons.
Skip Potts is an accomplished teacher and administrator who has worked in the field of education for over a decade. Skip has taught at two universities in three subject areas on two continents as well as in a Title I high school, private language schools, and as a teacher trainer in the Czech Republic for The Language House (TLH) TEFL. During his time at The Language House, Skip trained over 1000 teachers and observed and critiqued over 2000 hours of lessons with associated lesson planning assistance. While Skip was the Director and Head trainer at TLH TEFL, the school went from a failing program with high employee turnover and no fixed location to an internationally accredited training program and ultimately became the most highly reviewed TEFL program in the world, needing to increase capacity year after year to keep up with student demand. Skip is passionate about administration, teacher training, and quality research and once walked 3800 miles across the United States to raise awareness for educational inequity.
Anna Treacy earned her doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno in Education with an emphasis in Special Education and Disability Studies. She has a Master's in Public Health with an emphasis in Public Health Leadership and Biostatistics. For the past twenty years she has worked as a Health Educator for people with disabilities, health disparities, and juvenile delinquents. She founded and worked for her own consulting business focusing on Health Education and Promotion for women with mental health issues. Currently, she is working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Educational Leadership and teaching Special Education courses for the Teacher Licensure Programs at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her primary research interests include mixed methods research, sexual health education and disability, special education, and mentorship in higher education. Anna lives in Northern Nevada with her husband, Chris McArthur, her three boisterous children (daughter and twin sons), two dogs, two cats, one fancy rat, and one fish.
Currently working as part-time web developer and as a TEFL-certified freelance English teacher and editor, Bradley Bailey has lived in the Czech Republic since 2011. Raised in a rural Pennsylvania town, he became fascinated by other languages and cultures. This inspired him to major in Linguistics, with minors in Italian and Spanish, at the University of Pittsburgh. A few short months after graduating, Brad made the decision to start a new life teaching English abroad in Europe. Brad has taken up web development as a hobby in recent years and soon hopes to turn it into a successful career.
The Language House TEFL is currently one of the most highly ranked TEFL programs worldwide. ECCD's consultants helped build the school to this level and continue to innovate the program to help them stay an industry leader.
ECCD partners with IGC for research on gifted and profoundly gifted populations of students, one of ECCD's primary areas of interest and work.
ECCD is composed of individuals that are passionate about education at every level. We believe that education is an umbrella issue that affects literally everything else in society. A more educated populace is better able to innovate, make decisions, and think critically about the world around them. At ECCD, we take this big picture view in everything we do, utilizing the field of education as leverage to make a difference in individual lives and society as a whole. Our current focus is on fixing "cracks" in the system that are unrecognized and underdeveloped, but which ultimately can have profoundly negative effects if ignored. Our team of educators are working to increase understanding and advocacy in fields such as special education, gifted and talented education, educational research, and teacher training.