Dr. Noel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii, at Manoa. She is a speech-language pathologist, with a PhD in Education Specialties from the University of New Mexico. She has worked as a Coordinator of Special Education, Education Consultant, and as a clinician in public schools, clinics, hospitals, early intervention, and juvenile justice settings. She has collaborated extensively with teachers, learning communities, administrators, and related service staff to increase students’ academic achievement and behavioral competence, and to create safe, caring, and positive learning environments. Her professional and research interests include language, literacy, and behavior intervention with high-risk adolescents.