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Jun 2013Present

Educational Specialist Coach and Trainer

Marzano Research- RISC Division

As an educational consultant I have worked with school districts on their transformation to a student centered standards-based teaching and learning system.  The major areas of focus are: building a shared vision, leadership, personal mastery and continuous improvement.  Through staff training and coaching visits I have supported teachers and leaders in their measured growth and progress toward building systems that support individual achievement of high standards, personal mastery and continuous improvement.

My roles and responsibilities include supporting and coaching the leadership of the Charleston County School District as well as a number of schools in Maine. Working with school-based leaders in the development of a sustained strategic plan for their school as they seek to transform from a time-based to competency based systems of learning. Currently, I am also the lead in several school districts: supporting them with coaching, planning and training.

I have also developed a educational journal for our organization, RISConnections. This applied research based journal is distributed to all coalition members and focuses on transformative leadership and second order change.  A number of the articles have been re-published on the Competency Works website.  As a collaborative member of the RISC team I have worked to update and develop training and coaching to support our coalition schools. Most recently I help to develop an instructional training for teachers that utilizes Marzano's Art and Science of Teaching as it relates to personal mastery.  I have also developed the Leadership Training modules that will be aligned to "best practices and theory" as well as Marzano's High reliability Schools. 

Feb 2010Present

Faculty- Professor in the MSEd Graduate and Professional Studies Division

Saint Joseph's College

Graduate  and Professional Studies Education Faculty-  MSEd Graduate and Professional Studies

I began as a part-time faculty member of the MSEd program in 2010. I was promoted to a full-time faculty instructor in June of 2013. I was given the award of Graduate and Professionals Studies Education online instructor of the year for 2011 at St. Joseph's College.

  • Currently teach two online courses, both of them I have developed.  
    • ED 534-Community Relations and Communication
    • ED 516 Standards Based Education
  • Support graduate students to review their research and capstone projects.
  • Taught summer sessions in a hybrid setting(live and online.) Standards Based Design Course.
  • Taught a hybrid online course to a cohort group of administrators for Educational Leadership.
  • Currently in the process of aligning all graduate level courses to national standards. (ISLLC and InTASC)
  • Quality Matters trained and I have worked on various committees on campus.
Jul 2005Jul 2013

Principal of James W. Russell and Memorial Elementary Schools

Maine School Administrative District 15

Russell School is the Kindergarten to Second grade school serving the students and families of Gray, Maine. In my final two years in the district, I also lead Memorial Elementary School in New Gloucester.  My leadership in the district involved the day-to-day operations of the school as well as the professional growth of teachers and the academic and social growth of our students. As the leading learner of my buildings, I developed a comprehensive proficiency-based instruction and assessment system that was focused on personal mastery and high standards.  As an educational leader I was charged with the legal and fiscal operations of our buildings, staff and students.   Therefore, my expertise is varied in the areas of legal and ethical considerations as well as the latest theory and practices that enable learning institutions to meet the ever changing and demanding needs placed upon them.  My work within the district had included Technology Committee Chair, New Teacher Mentor Training, liaison to St. Joseph’s Practicum placements as well as hosting schools from around the state to share our transformative experiences as we worked with the RISC framework.

During my time as leader in this district, my school was selected to present at a variety of professional gatherings and events; MPA conference, Nellie Mae Conference as well as Maine ASCD.

Jun 2001Jul 2005

High School Assistant Principal

Windham School Department

My primary role and responsibility was to support the educational well-being of the student body.  In addition to supervising student population; discipline, attendance, chaired IEP/504 and RTI meetings.  Provided evaluation and supervision of 86 staff members, chaired many leadership committees and departments; Leadership Team, District Achievement Council, New Teacher Induction, Allied Arts and Humanities Clusters at the High School.


Monthly Newsletter Publication for Transformative Leadership


Jun 1996Jul 2000


University of Southern Maine

Masters Degree in Educational Leadership

Sep 1987May 1991


University of Vermont

Bachelors Degree in Education Secondary Social Studies


Reinventing Schools Educational Specialist
Leadership and district level planning and coaching, School level planning around transitioning into a personalized learning system, Embedded professional development support and coaching around building professional capacity in personalized learning approaches for other instructional coaches, teachers, and educators, Assessment and evaluation processes and tools, General professional development training, and support around personalized learning for all levels of the organization
Center for Leadership and Learning Data Team Trainer
Data Team training from the Center for Leadership and Learning, Doug Reeves. How to use data to inform instruction.
Covey Leadership Training
Stephen Covey Leadership Institute Educational Based Leadership Training. Professional Learning Communities Trained facilitator.
Quality Matters- Online Learning Design and Delivery Training and Course Development
Quality Matters is a training program used to develop on-line learning environments to enhance learners experience and academic attainment. Through the use of their rubrics, courses are developed that are aligned and engaging.
State Certified New Teacher Trainer
Trained in the first cohort of the AARBEC training for the State of Maine. Advancing the agenda for results based educator certification was a state wide program to enhance and solidify new teacher training in the state of Maine

Saint Joseph's College On-Line Instructor of the Year

In 2010 I was awarded the Graduate and Professional Studies On-Line instructor award at Saint Joseph's College of Maine.

Finalist- Maine Principal of the Year

In 2011, my community nominated me for the Maine Principal's Association Elementary Principal of the year.  I finished second in the State. 


Jan 2011Present

NEASC- College Accreditation Review Team

Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Faculty member of the on-line college review team for all state reviews and NEASC accreditation reviews.
Jan 2010Jan 2013

Professional Development Committee Chair

Maine Principal's Association
Member and Chair of the MPA- Professional Development Committee. Develop yearly plans to support Maine educational leaders. Contributed to the Association publication.
Jan 2013Jan 2013

Technical Assistance Advisory Board

Maine Department of Education
The Maine Department of Education identified educational leaders to discuss the direction of standards based education in the state of Maine.

Published Article: New Teacher Training

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My Life Interests

Husband and parent of two children ages 17 and 15.  I am an active volunteer in my community; coach youth sports as well as membership on various academic, social and athletic organizations in  my town.  I am chair of the board of Deacons at my church, North Windham Union Church, United Church of Christ.  I enjoy golf, outdoor activities and anything that brings me closer to my friends and family.


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