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Who am I?

I seek to engage children and adults in learning through 21st Century Skills. 

I have a personal desire to learn and continually improve with a focus on the means.

I take serious care in decisions with careful anticipation of obstacles.

I search for reasons and causes, weighing all  factors that may affect a situation.

I deal with problems by facilitating teams to identify shortcomings and resolve them with consensus.

I work hard with stamina to persist in producing results.

District Leadership

Collective Bargaining Committee

  • Representing Building Administration in current negotiations between the board and the teacher's union

Website Communication Committee

  • Leading diverse team to selection of new website design
  • Designed Request for Quotation for vendor information
  • Arranged for Vendor presentations and developed a selection process
  • Negotiating contract and developing corresponding board reports

Safe Drinking Water Program

  • Developed a comprehensive water sampling program to sample drinking water at drinking fountains and sinks 
  • Reported the results to the board and identified next steps

Teacher Evaluation

District Summer School

  • On-site Administrator
  • Plan and prepare board report and registration communications
  • Coordinate staff and student placement for ELL, ESY, Blended Learning, and Enrichment Programs

Curricular Leadership

Staff Development

Parent Leadership

  • Developing the #csmstigers hastag for tagging pictures and topics that are promoting and building the story of our school.
  • Developing Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts for engaging parents, students, & other community members.
  • Developing Parent Education Development presentations on topics such as:  “Routines for Children at Home”, "Growth Mindset", & "Effective Effort"
  • Building strong Parent/Teacher relationships with Curriculum Night Script & Sandburg Pride Orange Cards.
  • Co-Chair the district's Behavior Intervention Committee & Parent Educaiton

Student Leadership

  • Communicate with Student Lunch Leaders in a Google Classroom Discussion Group.
  • Use The Reid Technique when interviewing students.
  • Reduce the numbers of student tardies and maintaining a high Average Daily Attendance each year.
  • Reduce the number of classroom disruptions by training, supporting and collaborating with staff in effective classroom management & engagement strategies
  • Develop strong parent/student supports for re-entry of suspended students to reduce recidivism and increase behavior awareness.

Community Leadership

  • Mundelein STAND-UP Task Force to build a safe and sober community.
  • Mundelein After School Coalition provides alternate student activities cooperative efforts of Mundelein Police & Mundelein High School.
  • Lake County YES Coalition to strengthen the county’s efforts against underage drinking and drug use through analysis of IYS data  

Education

Jan 2015Jul 2018

Ed. D.

Concordia University-Chicago

Educational Leadership Program.

My Dissertation Title is: Comparative Analysis of Competency Based versus Traditional Based Instruction and Assessment using Narrative Feedback Strategies

Tentative Oral Defense in April, 2017.

Work History

References

Andy Henrikson, Superintendent

847-999-8448

ahenrikson@d75.org

Mark Pilut, Principal

847-421-2903

mpilut@d75.org

Dan Swartz, Director of Teaching & Learning

847-338-3608

dswartz@d75.org

Cynthia Heidorn, Former Superintendent

630-564-7652

cynthia.heidorn@gmail.com

Dana Smith, Assistant Superintendent

773-851-4727

dasmith@wcusd200.org

Certifications

June 2015Present

Analyzing Teaching for Student Results

Research for Better Teaching

Zero in on high-leverage teaching strategies that make a difference in student learning through a common language and concept system, the development of skills for classroom observation, and the capacity to  identify and provide results-oriented reports and feedback that are credible and convincing.

June 2011Present

Studying the Skillful Teacher

Research for Better Teaching

Improve teachers' daily practice and students’ achievement through lesson planning, high expectations, formative assessment, and cultural proficiency.

Oct 2016Oct 2018

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention

Crisis Prevention Institute

Blue Card training focusing on Care, Welfare, Safety, & Security

Apr 2012Present

7 Habits of Highly Effective People Facilitator

Franklin-Covey

I trained existing staff and new hires through the Gold Program

Portfolio

These are a few items that have resulted in my leadership through building-based leadership teams to address academic, social/emotional, and cultural competencies in our building and community.