Pearl earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, a Master's Degree in Counseling Education and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from University of Montana, in the Educational Leadership program focusing on the Contributing Factors of the Achievement Gap for Native American students. Pearl resides in Phoenix, AZ. with her family. Pearl's traditional teachings include the Ho'zho' which translates into the Navajo Beauty Way.
Pearl provides educational consulting, in the delivery of prevention, intervention, behavioral health services to children/youth, families, and groups directly and through consultation and collaboration with tribal departments, local public schools and communities. Pearl also provides culturally sensitive awareness trainings. In addition, Pearl provides Qualitative Research Evaluation for the Department of Health & Human Services with the University of Montana.
Pearl also serves as a national Native youth leadership development trainer, providing trainings in Native youth wellness and leadership. With over twenty years of experience in education and counseling, Pearl started in school counseling and later provided behavioral health services to the "hard to reach" residents in the juvenile detention centers located on the Navajo Nation. The experience started an educational pathway that lead to her research on the achievement gap and its relationship to socio-economic behaviors. Pearl has worked with grant programs such as the 21st Century Community Learning Center, TRIO and, Character Education Program that provided an opportunity for her to work with tribal organizations and communities on issues that address improving the educational needs of Native students to teachers, administrators, school districts, and other organizations. Most recently Pearl has provided Leadership Development and Trainings for:
National Indian Health Board Advisory Board
United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc.
Arizona State University
Montana State University