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Educational Principles

We believe:

  • Education is a lifelong process of intrinsic learning and a natural human pursuit.
  • Education should enable us to become the best human beings we can be.
  • Learning takes place throughout one’s lifetime – we learn from the moment of conception to the moment of death.
  • Learning is a participatory process in which the learner takes charge and actively constructs new knowledge for him or herself, as opposed to receiving it passively.
  • Meaningful learning is the most critical element for a successful adult education to the extent it recognizes the learners’ prior experiences and presents new knowledge, understanding, skills, values, and attitudes in the context of application to real-life situations.
  • Intrinsic motivation and self-directedness are key attributes that should be taken into consideration when teaching adults and should be translated into classroom strategies that stimulate autonomous learning as much as possible.
  • The focus of any educational endeavor should be on learning outcomes rather than in teaching objectives.

Mission

The mission of Lifelong Education Institute is to create opportunities for nontraditional learners to access and succeed in post-secondary education so that they may improve their professional skills with the goal of enhancing their day-to-day life and their intellectual acumen, while increasing their standard of living.

Vision

To be recognized as a provider of academically rigorous, post-secondary education programs that are proven as effective alternatives for nontraditional learners’ access, persistence, and success in their academic and professional aspirations.

Board of Directors

Francisco Leite

Francisco Carlos Trindade Leite Ph.D.

Chairman, President, and CEO

Tedd Corman

Tedd Corman

Vice-President of Operations and CFO

Eduardo Oliveira

Eduardo Waller de Oliveira MA

Board Member

Francisco Carlos Trindade Leite Ph.D.

Dr. Leite is a world-class academic scholar, educator, and education leader. As an academic scholar and educator, he brings transformative fluency in quantitative and qualitative higher education research and pedagogy. He has published 13 peer-reviewed academic journal articles and book chapters advancing educational research, administration, and pedagogy since 1999, and continues to progressively share his discoveries at national and international higher education research conferences on an annual basis. He has actively served on the doctoral faculty of multiple universities since 2003—teaching undergraduate-level social science coursework, and graduate-level research methodology and pedagogy coursework to thousands of enrolled students at UNIDERP, Pennsylvania State University, and Dominican University in California. Dr. Leite completed his undergraduate studies with distinction in Agricultural Sciences in Brazil, and is honored a doctorate by the renowned Pennsylvania State University for his scholarship on innovative interventions in higher education. He currently serves as an adjunct doctoral faculty member for the Department of Adult and Continuing Education at Texas State University (TSU), San Marcos.

As a transformative secondary and post-secondary education leader, Dr. Leite brings more than 30 years of illustrious experience leading the effective development, implementation, and evaluation of multiple K-12 and post-secondary schools and school-systems throughout Brazil and North America. In Brazil, he served as the Principal for three residential school-farms for 12 years, and went on to become the Secretary of Education in Aquidauana, Mato Grosso do Sul State, a position through which he championed the administration and evidence-based transformation of a public education system composed of 22 schools. The World Wildlife Fund, the Ford Foundation, and Brazilian Ministry of Education recognized the positive national and lasting impact of his educational leadership. From 2003-2007 the he went on to serve as Vice President of Administration for the renowned Campo Grande University Center (UNAES), overseeing effective development, implementation, and evaluation of several prestigious education, law, and business colleges that enrolled more than 6,000 students. From 2007 to April 2008, he served as Administrative Director for the Science Institute and Interim Chief Financial Officer at New College of California, where he worked in collaboration with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) to produce compliant and comprehensive 5-year post-secondary institutional financial and administrative plans. He currently serves as the Chairman, President, and CEO of Lifelong Education Institute (LEI), where he oversees the effective and evidence-based development, implementation, and evaluation of advanced and modern post-secondary allied health, science, and business education programs throughout North America – all of which have been effectively serving contemporary education and training needs of thousands of adult learners per year since 2008 (with high alumni satisfaction and success rate).

Tedd Corman

Tedd is a high technology executive with extensive background in founding and growing start-up companies, business development, venture and angel fundraising, mergers and acquisitions and strategic partnerships. He has served as an advisor, board member, and investor in several Silicon Valley start-up companies as well as an executive with publicly held technology companies. He is the co-founder of two venture backed internet software companies, and served as a Vice-President at Innoveda, Inc. and Viewlogic Systems. Tedd holds a B.S in Computer Science from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is LEI’s Vice-President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer.

Eduardo Waller de Oliveira MA

Eduardo co-founded Lifelong Education Institute (LEI) in 2008 with his business partner, Dr. Francisco Leite. He believes that the only effective tool for social transformation is education. Eduardo’s perspective is deeply informed by the education he received from his mentor, Mr. Tomio Kikuchi, a master teacher in Brazil who operates an alternative school where Eduardo lived and studied full-time for seven years as an adult.

Eduardo also has a degree in Desktop Publishing and Multimedia from Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA, as well as a Masters degree in e-marketing from New College of California. His experience with dotcom start-ups in Silicon Valley, coupled with his commitment to social transformation, has shaped the last 12 years of his professional career where he has learned and practiced successfully website creation and development, student recruitment, marketing, digital marketing and curriculum development. He is currently a Board Member of LEI.