The Director, Dr. April Clay, is an education advocate with over 20 years of experience working with students, families and schools. As a leading consultant and service provider, she possesses extensive K-12 experience from serving as a classroom teacher and school counselor to serving as a mental health therapist on and off campus. In her clinical training, Dr. Clay has worked with at-risk and substance dependent adolescents, teens and young adults. Her leadership experience was culminated when she utilized her doctoral training to teach school counselors at a private university for eight years. Utilizing her diverse background and training, Dr. Clay provides direct services to students, conducts workshops and leads in-service trainings.


Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership
University of Redlands, 2012

Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling
University of Redlands, 2008

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Chapman University, 2007

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Chapman University, 2004

Associate of Arts in General Education
Olympic College, 2001



Visiting Associate Professor/Fieldwork Coordinator
University of Redlands, 2013 - 2015
Redlands, CA

Faculty Responsibilities:

  • Taught counseling courses and served as interim faculty advisor for students
  • Aided students in admissions process
  • Assisted students with course selection, provided academic advising
  • Reviewed curriculum and developed course materials
  • Program evaluation and policy/procedure development
  • Attended university, college, department, and program meetings; collaborate across departments

Interim Program Chair Duties:

  • Facilitated student application evaluation and transcript review
  • Evaluated student transcripts
  • Provided program review and degree recommendation

Adjunct Instructor
University of Redlands, 2008 - 2013
Redlands, CA

  • Taught Counseling Systems, Pluralism in Education and Group Counseling and Consultation courses to master’s levels students enrolled in programs throughout the College of Education including College Counseling, School Counseling and Teacher Education.   






Counselor I
San Bernardino County Superintendent, 2010 - 2012
San Bernardino, CA

  • Provided individual, group, and family counseling
  • Established financial aid waivers
  • Developed SAT/ACT and college readiness preparation materials
  • Provided career, academic and guidance counseling
  • Facilitated workshops, coordinated field trips and career day activities

School Counselor
Monrovia Unified School District, 2008 - 2009
Monrovia, CA

  • Served as administrator on Individualized Education Plan meetings
  • Coordinated and conducted field trips
  • Prepared monthly and quarterly progress reports
  • Provided individual and group counseling and guidance lessons
  • Provided counseling intervention for at risk students
  • Hosted parent meetings; developed and maintained schedule of classes
  • Coordinated student support and referral services

Counselor I
San Bernardino County Superintendent, 2006 - 2008
San Bernardino, CA

  • Provided individual, group and family counseling
  • Facilitated parent workshop
  • Participated in new student orientation
  • Provided teacher in-service trainings
  • Provided referral student service support and referrals


School Site Council, Vice-Chair 2015 - Present
Fontana Unified School District

Superintendent's Advisory Committee, Secretary 2015 - Present
Fontana Unified School District

Executive Board Member, 2014-Present
Inland Empire Alliance of Black School Educators

African American Parent Advisory Committee, President 2015-Present
Fontana Unified School District

President, Phi Mu Zeta Chapter, 2015 – Present; Member since 1995
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated


School Site Council 2014 - 2015
Fontana Unified School District


Parent Representative, 2014 - Present
Fontana USD Local Control Accountability Plan District Planning Committee

Parents and Communities Engaged in Education, 2011 – Present

Parent Representative, 2013 - 2015
San Bernardino City USD Local Control Accountability Plan District Planning Committee


African American Parent Advisory Committee 2010-2014
San Bernardino City Unified School District

School Site Council, 2010 - 2014
San Bernardino City Unified School District