Skills

Skills

Organizational

Ability to complete and process site administrator duties with that of classroom teaching in a multi-age classroom setting in rural Alaska.

  • Monitor & Use data to guide instructional decisions
  • Fiscal Management
  • Develop and Implement School Improvement
  • Plan Build Positive Community Relations
  • Personnel Management
  • Conduct Staff Meetings 
  • Working Knowledge of Instructional Technology
  • Power School Systems Administrator

Management

As Superintendent of Chatham School District, and past Assistant Superintendent of Iditarod Area School District, my goals are focused on the organizational and educational leadership of the District.  Of these goals, those that are always high priority include:

  • HR Management
  • School Improvement and Accountability
  • Fiscal Responsibility and Management
  • Safe and Welcoming Learning Environment
  • Strategic Planning
  • Data Driven Decision Making
  • Business Community Partnerships
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Strong Communication Skills
  • Creating a trusting work environment

As Principal/Teacher with the Alaska Gateway School District I was able to build on my past administrative skills at Innoko River School and with IDEA Public Schools located in Donna, Texas.  During my three years at Innoko River School as Principal/Teacher, my staff and I were able to bring community, staff and school together resulting in the school moving from Level 5 Year 2 to meeting AYP.  My Team and I at Alaska Gateway are currently working towards establishing the same goals, procedures and ideals that have proven successful during my employment with previous districts.  These goals are based on staff and students giving 100 % everyday with a "No Excuses" attitude.

As Director of Operations and Support with IDEA Public Schools, my duties involved the management of the following areas: Front Office Staff, Site-based supervisors for our cafeteria, custodial department, and transportation. Other duties involved being the campus testing coordinator (TAKS), training of substitute teachers and payroll, tracking, and preparation of certificates of absence for teachers, monthly ADA audit reports for primary and secondary principals, as well as preparation of teacher duty rosters.

Previous responsibilities as the Dean of Students with IDEA Public Schools for grades 4-8 my primary responsibilities were related to implementing school culture, discipline, meeting with parents in regards to discipline issues, classroom observations as well as overseeing secondary elective teachers. I also started and monitored the after school detention program for students that chose not to follow the established guidelines of our school. As a teacher and administrator, I have extensive experience in the use of Power School, a browser-based, cross-platform school management system that was used to track student behavior.

Work History

Work History
Jul 2014 - Present

Superintendent of Schools

Chatham School District

My duties as the Superintendent include, but are not limited to the following:

  • PowerSchool Systems Administrator
  • HR Management
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Facilitate the development of and implements a collaborative effort to seek fulfillment and refinement of the educational vision, mission, and beliefs and assists the School Committee in setting priorities for the school system.
  • Communicate to all staff members, and stakeholders directly or through delegation, actions of the School Board relating to policy matters and receives from employees communications to be made to the School Board.

  • Foster an environment that encourages continuous learning and improvement on the part of school staff as well as establishing district-wide procedures that provide information that may be used to advance the quality of the school system.

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform effective financial forecasting and long and short-term financial planning.  Explain clearly the proposed budgets, needs and priorities to all stakeholders, and ensure that financial procedures and accounts are maintained and that audits are performed on an annual basis.

  • Make administrative decisions necessary for the effective and efficient operations of the schools. Acts on own discretion when emergency action is necessary in matters not covered by School Board policy. Report such emergency actions to the School Board and recommends policy for future guidance.

Jul 2012 - Jun 2014

Assistant Superintendent

Iditarod Area School District

RESPONSIBILITIES

Primary responsibilities include curriculum and staff development through formal and informal activities establishing clear lines of communication with school, staff, and parents regarding school goals, procedures, and accomplishments.

INSTRUCTION

•    Assist the Superintendent in curriculum planning and development 

•    Staff evaluations

•    Encourage and stimulate others to develop new ideas, methods, and means to accomplish school goals 

PERSONNEL

•    Interviewing, recommending and hiring new personnel

•    Evaluation of faculty and staff and recommendation for continued employment, tenure status, or termination 

•    providing available resources to aid them in the performance of their duties 

•    Assist staff in remediation of deficiencies

•    Discipline and Commend staff

STAFF SUPERVISION & EVALUATION

•    Conducts goals, progress, and evaluation conferences 

•    Observes teachers on a regular basis, using both formal and informal observations 

•    Evaluates assigned non-tenured staff yearly 

•    Evaluates assigned tenured staff 

•    Review lesson plans

STUDENT SERVICES 

•    Reviews failure reports and truancy records 

•    Assists in the resolution of special problems 

•    Assists with Attendance Review 

•    Assists with Calendar Review 

•    Prepares end of the year calendar 

SCHOOL OPERATIONS

•    Develop school wide policy implementation and review

•    Help insure proper maintenance of the schools

•    Help develop a list of priorities for the improvement of the school’s physical buildings

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

•    Assist the Superintendent in building and strengthening community relationships 

•    Attend community meetings

•    Present Iditarod concepts and philosophy to the public and parent groups

•    Work with site administrators in articulating school programs

•    Create district newsletters

PLANNING & PROGRAM EVALUATION

•    Recommends to the Superintendent any necessary changes for the school 

•    Recommends to the Superintendent staffing for the school, including faculty and staff 

•    Provides the Superintendent with evaluation and research information relating to the goals and objectives of the school 

•    Plans with other administrators, faculty, staff, and parents to improve the results of the various responsibilities and functions of the school 

•    Conduct meetings with staff to plan a curriculum that is goal oriented and objective based in consultation with the Superintendent

•    Promotes activities to more clearly define outcomes of curriculum 

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

•    Assists the Superintendent in the development of procedures to implement Board Policies 

•    Requires that all school personnel act in accordance with school policies and procedures 

•    Requires that all personnel act to protect students’ constitutional rights 

•    Insures that all school policies and procedures are communicated to parents, teachers, and students

RECORDS & REPORTS

•    Provides records, reports, and activities as requested by the Superintendent 

•    Prepares an annual report for the Superintendent 

•    Prepares reports for the Board of Education, when requested 

•    Participates in the preparation and maintenance of reports for the school district 

•    Maintains a yearly professional growth file 

Aug 2011 - May 2012

Principal/Teacher

Alaska Gateway School District

As a teacher my primary focus is to create a positive learning environment for all my students so that they are capable of reaching their full potential in my multi-grade 3-6 classroom.

Site administrator duties involve overseeing the day-to-day operations of my campus, community relations, employee supervision, monthly paperwork, as well as payroll, monthly ADA audit reports as well as student supervision and discipline.  Other duties include development of our Site Improvement Plan through STEPP (Steps Towards Educational Progress and Partnership.)  Our Team is also working towards developing a positive learning environment in which students will feel comfortable and choose to want to learn.

Aug 2010 - May 2011

First Grade Teacher

NW Arctic Borough School District

As a primary teacher with the NW Arctic Borough School District my responsibilities include but are not limited to planning and teaching reading, math, spelling, grammar, handwriting as well as science, social studies and character education through a hands on approach to help students learn concepts.  I also create an effective and pleasant classroom, learning environment so that all students have a rewarding learning experience.  I am currently a member of the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) Team as well as our School Improvement Team.

Aug 2007 - May 2010

Principal/Teacher

Iditarod Area School District

I worked for the Iditarod Area School District August 2007 to May 2010.  Over the past three years at Innoko River School in Shageluk, my assignment had been teaching in a multi-age classroom environment in grades 4-8 my first year, and K-6 my second year. My responsibilities as a teacher were not only to insure that students developed a broad understanding of subject material through technology integration, but also to instill in my students the desire to become "Life Long" learners through high expectations and "Character Education."  I also served as the site administrator during those three years.  Site administrator duties involved overseeing the day-to-day operations of my campus, community relations, employee supervision, monthly paperwork, as well as payroll, monthly ADA audit reports.  The Innoko River School staff also received merit pay for overall improvement in SBA test scores during my first year, and met AYP during my second and third year as Principal/Teacher.  Our success was directly related to establishing high expectations for staff and students alike as well as bridging the gap between school and community.

Aug 2000 - Aug 2007

Teacher - Administrator

Idea Public Schools

I was with IDEA Public Schools since its inception in May 2000. Over the years at IDEA, my classroom assignments have been in grades 4-8. I have taught self-contained as well as content specific subjects. My responsibilities as a teacher were not only to insure that students developed a broad understanding of subject material through technology integration, but also to instill in my students the desire to become "Life Long" learners through high expectations and "Character Education."

As Director of Operations and Support my duties involved the management of the following areas: Front Office Staff, Site-based supervisors for our cafeteria, custodial department, and transportation. Other duties involved being the campus testing coordinator (TAKS), training of substitute teachers and payroll, tracking, and preparation of certificates of absence for teachers, monthly ADA audit reports for primary and secondary principals, as well as preparation of teacher duty rosters.

Previous responsibilities as the Dean of Students for grades 4-8 my primary responsibilities were related to implementing school culture, discipline, meeting with parents in regards to discipline issues, classroom observations as well as overseeing secondary elective teachers. I also started and monitored the after school detention program for students that chose not to follow the established guidelines of our school. As a teacher and administrator, I have extensive experience in the use of Power School, a browser-based, cross-platform school management system that was used to track student behavior.

As the Director of Special Education Services at our school it was my responsibility to maintain student records, conduct annual ARDS, oversee two special education teachers, and implement student IEP's. My main goal during this time was to enhance student achievement through the acquisition of student laptops for checkout by our students as needed. A library, which included books in both English and Spanish, was also started for special education students so that we would have materials readily available to meet student needs. During this time, I also developed and supervised our current 504 Program.

Aug 1997 - May 2000

Teacher

San Benito ISD

As a primary teacher with the San Benito school district my responsibilities included but were not limited to planning and teaching reading, math, spelling, grammar, handwriting as well as science, social studies and character education. Over the three years I was with the district, I taught kindergarten and second grade students. My most rewarding accomplishment was being able to work with kindergarten students throughout the year and witnessing first hand their hunger for knowledge and the success that came at the end of the year with all students leaving being able to read and comprehend what they had read. I felt that I was able to accomplish this goal due to my daring as a first year teacher. By daring, I had purchased a short "Kinder" novel with cassette tape that we used as a whole group during reading. My love of reading spilled over to my students, and as a result they became avid readers from that point on which carried over from year to year when I once again had my same class as a second grade teacher.

Other achievements or responsibilities involved:• Serving as "Team Leader" for second grade• Being part of the technology development team• Took part in a taping for TStar (The Texas Schools Telecommunications Access Resource),which spotlighted my use of technology in the classroom

Education

Education
Aug 2012 - May 2014

Superintendent Certification

University of Alaska Anchorage

Superintendent Program through UAA.

Certifications

Certifications
May 2014 - May 2017

Superintendent Certification

Alaska

Superintendent Certification

May 2012 - Sep 2017

Alaska Type B

Alaska Dept. of Education

Alaska Type B Certification - K-12

Mar 2010 - Sep 2020

Professional Teaching Certificate

State of Alaska

Certification in grades 1-8

Oct 2004 - Present

Texas Educator Certificate

State Board for Educator Certification

Certification in grades K-8