Why the SUN Rises
The Faces and Stories of Women in Education
About the Book
Why the Sun Rises was created in an effort to showcase the faces and stories of women in education. This collection of essays and interviews was compiled and edited from 2012 to 2015 and explores the resilience of educators across the United States.
About the Author
Dr. Doran Gresham is a career educator with over twenty years of experience as a special educator, grassroots worker, mentor, and school administrator. He is an adjunct professor at La Salle University and the College of New Jersey, where he teaches graduate courses in Universal Design for Learning and Differentiated Instruction. Doran is also a sixth-year master educator with DC public schools, where he helps to evaluate and support teachers throughout the district. Outside the classroom, Doran has worked with the DC Teaching Fellows Program as the secondary special education project director, and he also served as the director of instruction for CaseNEX, a professional development firm. As a founding board member of Achievement Preparatory Academy Public Charter School, Doran was the chairman of the academic performance and accountability committee, and he was a member of the governance committee. In 2004, 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC, honored Doran as the Elliott Hair Man of the Year, and in 2008, he was a Mentoring Organization of the Year finalist for his work with Guerilla Arts Ink & 100 Black Men Inc. Doran completed his doctoral studies in special education and emotional disturbance at the George Washington University, where he was a Holmes scholar and a member of Phi Delta Kappa. His dissertation research focused on general educators' perceptions of the overrepresentation of elementary-aged black males in classrooms for students with emotional disturbance. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in emotional disturbance and learning disabilities, K-12, from the College of William and Mary. Doran and his lovely wife, Colette, live in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, with their two beautiful and bright daughters, Madison, six, and Nina, three.