The Founder

Dr. Linda Gonzales, Ph.D. is the founder of New Directions for Academic Advancement, Inc. She served on the writing group for the California English Language Arts Framework of 2006. She has a distinguished 15-year career as a school turnaround specialist with a record of success across California.


Dr. Gonzales earned her doctorate from The Claremont Graduate School and San Diego State University. She has held administrative positions as Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Director of State and Federal Projects and Elementary Principal. She has taught and worked at high school, middle school and elementary levels.


As a bilingual teacher, Dr. Gonzales used her native language, Spanish, and her personal knowledge of English acquisition to help students. She has authored computer courseware, The Sheltered English Teaching Handbook, Santillana Intensive English and professional articles. Her work has appeared in Educational Leadership, Thrust and Education Week. She has presented at major national and state educational leadership conferences.