Dr. Rita F. Pierson of Houston, Texas has been a professional educator since 1972. She has served numerous roles, including elementary regular and special education teacher, junior high school teacher, counselor, assistant principal, director, testing coordinator, and consultant. In addition, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Rita also developed and implemented a school/community involvement program for a large urban elementary school, as well as organized and trained an in-school crisis team for students in need of immediate intervention. An experienced consultant, Rita has presented nationally with Ruby Payne and Frameworks for Poverty since 1997.