B. K. Bradshaw

B. K. Bradshaw

Dr. Brenda Bradshaw earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in special reading, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in education and urban leadership and policy studies in education. She is the co-founder and executive director of Infinity Academy, a school servicing students who need an alternative to traditional schooling, including students on the autism spectrum. A former elementary and middle school teacher, special reading teacher, assistant professor of elementary education, award-winning researcher, author and publisher, "Dr. B" has a passion for kids, literacy and making learning engaging. She is also certified in gifted education and has had extensive training in helping children with underlying cognitive barriers to learning. She has served on the boards of Reading Is Fundamental and the Missouri Institute of Natural Science and is an Emeritus Chairman of the Board of STARS for Autism.

In recent years, her daughters have given her the inspiration to create the resilient female characters, Crystal Brave and Super Jewels. BK has appeared on the podcasts, The Autism Show, Talkin Live with Eli, Care Activities with Neil Hogbin. She has made appearances on Ozarks Live! news show in Springfield, Missouri, volunteered with the Horse Tales Literacy project and met with hundreds of children and teachers across the Ozarks in school and barn visits. Her five-time award-winning book and musical, The Alien Logs of Super Jewels, is a zany first-person account of a young girl with Asperger's based on the childhood experiences of her daughter and herself in a world of sensory overwhelm and functioning "outside the box."

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