Dr. Kathleen Pierce Friedman is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Ashford University. She holds a doctorate of philosophy in K-12 Future Studies and a Master of Science in Education Administration from Capella University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in British Military History from California State University-Sacramento. Dr. Pierce Friedman has teaching credentials valid in Oregon and California. Her first teaching position was in an inner city elementary school where 95% of her students spoke a primary language other than English. From there, she went on to work as an item writer grading the Multiple Subject Assessment for Teachers (MSAT), California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), and Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments (ORELA) and developing the High School Exit Exam for the states of California, Oregon, and Texas. Dr. Pierce Friedman then worked as an administrator and teacher at one of the first virtual schools in the United States. Most recently, she has been employed as a capstone mentor of a competency based university. She says, “I enjoy seeing students attain their end goal and knowing my dedication as a professor has helped them reach their bigger future.” Dr. Pierce Friedman encourages students to advocate for themselves when their path to a degree seems overwhelming, saying, “Take chances, speak up, and take a different path. You will get to the end if you strive to achieve and you and your family will be so thankful you did it.” Dr. Pierce Friedman lives in Portland, OR with her fun-loving husband and three sons. When not working, she enjoys fly-fishing and gardening and training for triathlons.