Darin Earley, Ed.D., Director
Darin Earley, Ed.D. has served as Director of the Loyola Marymount University Family of Schools for 10 years. He is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Family of Schools, managing various programs and grant funded projects that support 15 partner schools, and serving as a liaison between the university and the local education community. Having worked as a secondary school administrator, classroom teacher and human relations facilitator, Dr. Earley has over 18 years experience with the Los Angeles Unified School District. A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from Westchester High School in 1983 before going off to Howard University where he received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (1988). He has a Masters degree in Educational Administration and a doctorate from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, with a concentration in Educational Psychology (2016).
Designing curriculum for students and providing professional development and training for teachers, Darin has conducted numerous workshops on topics including motivation and learning, cultural competency, leadership, student-centered pedagogy, effective parenting, and college readiness. Dr. Earley is a master teacher with a unique ability to challenge others to rethink the manner in which they interact, communicate, pursue their goals, and ultimately live their lives. An author, speaker, Christian minister, husband of 27 years and father of five, Darin Earley is also a part-time faculty member in the LMU Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Co-Chairs the School of Education Partnership Committee, is a member of the SOE Academic Program Review Committee, serves on several external school boards and is active in community service.
Kelly Keeler, STEM Curriculum Developer
Kelly Keeler works for the LMU Family of Schools (FOS) as a STEM Curriculum Developer. While her main focus is on curriculum development for Playa Vista Elementary School, she has expanded her role to supporting other schools in the FOS. Kelly's passion for education began in 2006 when she joined Teach for America (TFA) in Los Angeles. After completing her two year commitment with TFA, in addition to obtaining a Master's Degree in Secondary Education from LMU, Kelly continued to teach middle school science for a few more years.
Kelly then left the formal classroom to work at the California Science Center as a Professional Development Specialist, facilitating the STEM development of teachers. In this position, Kelly gained insight in informal learning strategies, such as student-driven learning, and gained expertise on how to incorporate these strategies into the formal learning environment. In her "free time", Kelly is a Wife/Mom/Creative Organizer/Master Juggler of the things. She enjoys doing anything/everything outdoors with her family.
Chris Rougier, STEM Curriculum Developer