Barak D. Stanley, Ed.D.

Educator ~ Researcher ~ Leader

Education Philosophy

Barak D. Stanley believes that every student is capable of prospering, at all instructional levels, with proper encouragement and guidance from educators. To reflect 21st-century learning, students should be immersed in a technology-infused learning environment that allows them to comprehend and master the Common Core State Standards. It is the teacher’s job to ignite a passion and desire for learning, so that students can become life-long learners whom are college and career ready. Barak believe that teachers, as leaders, must positively influence students, families, administrators, and fellow teaching staff towards a common goal of students’ social/emotional and academic success.


Barak D. Stanley received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in communications, as well as his multiple subject teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton. He completed his Doctorate in Educational Technology at Boise State University. Barak's professional experiences have revolved around teaching elementary school students. He has been working in education for over ten years as a tutor, mentor, substitute teacher, full-time teacher, Categorical Resource Teacher, Summer Principal, and Vice Principal.

Leadership Experience

Downey Unified School District (July 2021-Present)

Vice Principal, Gallatin Elementary School

  • Implemented district initiative and instructional improvement

  • Assisted in planning and providing staff development

  • Supervised the school campus before, during and after the school day

  • Works with community groups to foster better communication

Downey Unified School District (June 2021-July 2021)

STEAMworks Principal, Unsworth Elementary School

  • Staffed, organized, and lead STEAM summer program

  • Supported and mentored TK-5th grade teachers ● Ensured a safe and enriching environment for students and staff

  • Implemented a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program schoolwide

  • Participated in STEAM curriculum development

  • Effectively managed budget to provide teacher materials and student PBIS incentives

  • Developed Community Time Program focused on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Downey Unified School District (August 2019-Present)

Categorical Resource Teacher, Unsworth Elementary School

  • Coordinator for Title 1 programs and EL programs

  • Scheduled, coordinated, and led all School Site Council and ELAC meetings

  • Implemented RTI support for at–risk students

  • Differentiated instruction based on the standards and students needs

  • Assisted grade level teams with student data analysis through formative and summative assessments

  • Serviced identified students (IEP, SST, ELL, & 504 Plan) in small group instruction

  • Provided guidance to staff in analyzing i-Ready data for interventions

  • Maintained Google Drive for entire organization to promote collaboration

  • Reviewed, ordered, and distributed ELA instructional materials

  • Initiated appropriate work orders for technology devices and classroom equipment

  • Planned and conducted parent educational events

  • Communicated with parents regarding test results, placement, and individualized academic goals

  • Effectively engaged two-way communication with parents using technology

  • Utilized the 4 C’s to enhance lessons

  • Implemented Marzano’s 21st Century Learning strategies

  • Emphasized vocabulary and academic language improvement

  • Taught Big 5 of Literacy: Phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension

  • Developed a class library and school innovation lab to promote literacy

  • Created technology-infused lessons

  • Aligned materials to address CCSS shifts

  • Utilized Balanced Literacy for ELA

  • Led the implementation of flexible seating with the fourth-grade team to enhance student engagement

  • Employed Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) for math

  • Obtained Character Counts 5.0 Certificate

Teaching Experience

Downey Unified School District (August 2016-May 2019)

Elementary School Teacher, Rio Hondo Elementary School

  • Taught first-grade (2 years) and fourth-grade (1 year)

  • Fourth-Grade PLC/Grade Level Lead Teacher

  • Teacher Technology Lead (TTL) for entire school

  • Recruited to mentor, observe, and support a new teacher to help enhance behavior management

  • Served as a First-grade ELA Curriculum Writing Member (2 years)

  • Trained in Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

STEAMworks, Downey Unified School District (June 2018-July 2018)

K/1st Grade School Teacher, Rio Hondo Elementary

  • STEAM instruction to kindergarten and first grade students

  • Utilized Project-based learning (PBL)

  • Integrated gamification into lessons to increase engagement

Barstow Unified School District (August 2015-June 2016)

1st/2nd Grade School Teacher, Skyline North Elementary School

  • Led whole and small group instruction to differentiate for first- and second-grade students

  • Implemented PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)

  • Assisted PTA to fundraise over $2,000

College for Kids, Mission Viejo, CA (June 2011-August 2015)

Lead Recreational Guide

  • Successfully scheduled, evaluated, and supervised 15 recreational leaders

  • Managed staff members and children to create a safe and thriving environment

  • Taught a variety of classes

Fullerton School District (October 2013-June 2015)

Anaheim Union High School District

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

Substitute Teacher

  • Taught K-12 in multiple subjects, math, science, ELA, history, P.E., Chinese, Drama, & Music

  • Instituted positive management strategies to support challenging behaviors

  • Preferred substitute for over 20 teachers

Department of Communications, CSUF (January 2014-December 2014)

Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Assisted faculty with instruction, exams, grading essays, and mentoring students

  • Delivered lessons about social media, and research and theory

  • Created and implemented study plans to increase students’ learning and grades

America Reads and Counts, CSUF (October 2010-May 2013)

Tutor/Teacher’s Aide

  • Tutored and mentored students in grades K-6 to positively affect their reading and math skills

  • Assisted with any activities that benefited the students’ educational growth

  • Supported students’ technological development

Kids Factory, Lake Forest, CA (September 2007-August 2009)

Recreational Leader

  • Coordinated a free after school program for low SES elementary school students

  • Facilitated physical education development to improve students’ health

  • Implemented fun and interactive sport games