Valaida Wise (Val) is currently the Head of School at National Child Research Center in Washington, D.C. An educator for almost 20 years, Val received a Bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology from Syracuse University, an M.A.T. from Trinity College, Washington D.C. and holds a doctorate in Education from George Washington University.A recent Brava award winner, Val has lectured nationally and internationally, most recently on the topic of early childhood education at Tanjian University and other provinces in China. She has presented at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) national conference as well as other conferences sponsored by NAIS. Val has written several articles on Montessori education and educational leadership in early childhood. Her current research interest surround the issues of parental stress and children with immune-compromising conditions. Val is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University.