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Michele Borba


Michele Borba, Ed.D., is an internationally renowned educator and award-winning author who is recognized for her practical, solution-based strategies to strengthen child’s behavior, self-esteem, character, and social development, and to build strong families. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has presented workshops and keynote addresses throughout North American, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific and has served as an educational consultant to hundreds of schools, and organizations. Her proposal: “Ending School Violence and Student Bullying” (SB1667) was signed into California law in 2002. She offers realistic, research-based advice culled from a career of working with over one million parents and educators.

As a recognized expert on child development, violence prevention, and character development, Dr. Borba appears regularly as a guest expert on countless TV and radio talk shows to discuss late breaking news and the every day challenges parents face today. Appearances include the Today, The View, Fox & Friends, Countdown, MSNBC, The Early Show, Canada AM, NPR: Talk of the Nation, Ronn Owens/KGO Radio, and Focus on the Family. She has been interviewed by numerous publications including Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Reader’s Digest, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Better Homes & Garden, Parenting, and Child. Her article publications have appeared in Redbook, Parents, and Family Circle. She serves on Parents magazine’s honorary advisory board and an expert to ClubMom.

Dr. Borba is the author of 21 books including 12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know: Getting Back to Basics and Raising Happy Kids, Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me!, ‘No More Misbehavin’: 38 Difficult Behaviors and How to Stop Them; Don’t Give Me that Attitude!, Building Moral Intelligence, cited by Publishers’ Weekly as “among the most noteworthy of 2001;” Parents Do Make A Difference, selected by Child Magazine as “Outstanding Parenting Book of 1999”; and Esteem Builders, used by 1.5 million students worldwide).

Her numerous awards include the National Educator Award, presented by the National Council of Self-Esteem; Santa Clara University’s Outstanding Alumna Award; and the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Educational Profession, presented by the Bureau of Education and Research. She was named the Honorary Chairperson for the Implementation of Self-Esteem in Hong Kong and served as a consultant for the Center Resource Group for Character Education and Civic Engagement for the U.S. Department of Education. She currently serves as an advisory for the character Education Partnership’s Educational Advisory Council.

Dr. Borba is a former classroom and college teacher and has had a wide range of teaching experience, including work in regular education as well as work with children with learning, physical, behavioral, and emotional disabilities. She and her husband were partners in a private practice for troubled youth. Dr. Borba received a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco; M.A. in Learning Disabilities and B.A. from the University of Santa Clara, and earned a Life Teaching Credential She lives in Palm Springs, California with her husband and has three grown sons.

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