Hadeel is a single mom, research assistant, lecturer and pursuing a Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies at the University of New Mexico. She has her Bachelors in Psychology (George Mason University), Masters of Science in Developmental Psychopathology (University of Durham), and Masters of Arts in Child Development (Tufts University). 

Her work experience including working with children in school and hospital settings. Interacting with children and the young at heart is her passion.

Her 7 year old daughter, Jumana is the fire of her life. Together they enjoy dancing, travelling and just being. Hadeel is a founding Board Member of Unlocked Minds, Inc. 

Hadeel Al-Essa