Sonya Porcher, Ph.D.

Sonya Porchèr, Ed.D., is a Language Learner Director (LLD) with Disney English in Hanghzou, China. She serves as center support for Chinese students ages 2–12 in their acquisition of the English language. Dr. Porchèr was formerly the gifted program coordinator in a large metro Atlanta school system for 6 years. She also worked as a sixth-grade assistant principal for 4 years and an elementary teacher for 10 years. Dr. Porchèr earned her doctorate of education in school reform at the University of West Georgia (2007) and her master's of education degree in elementary instruction (1991) and her bachelor of arts degree in educational studies and psychology (1990) from Emory University.

Dr. Porchèr's focus is school improvement and program development in gifted education. Her work involves professional development and teacher training that encompasses gifted certification with an emphasis on differentiated instruction. She has presented at both the national and local levels. Dr. Porchèr is a National Board Certified teacher and the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to the United Kingdom. She is also a recipient of the Phi Delta Kappa READ Scholarship, in which she received an opportunity to visit schools in Finland and present the instructional practices at the local level.