My name is Gerald Luke.  Currently I am an elementary school principal in Palmdale, CA. I grew up in south L.A. and attended Loyola High School. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC and a master’s degree in education: curriculum and design and administration from Mc Daniel College in Westminster, MD. After graduating from Howard I decided to stay in the DMV (DC, MD, & VA area). Education is my second career.  I worked as a counselor and therapist in human services for four years and was a licensed NTU (Bantu African therapeutic model) psychotherapist in Maryland and Washington, DC. I use that training on a daily basis in my work with students and staff in schools in the Palmdale School District. I received my teacher training in the Prince George’s County School District in MD. I taught grades 4, 5, and 6 for 10 years. I have been an administrator for eleven years. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate aiming to receive an Ed. D. in organizational leadership from Grand Canyon University by the fall of 2017. I also have a passion for African history and spirituality and I provide lectures and presentations whenever called. My dissertation topic speaks to my passions. My wonderful wife is a dynamic 5th grade teacher. She is a master in the classroom with her students. Together we have three beautiful children (two girls and one boy) that push us daily to be the best we can be as parents and role models.