Husband and parent of two children ages 16 and 14. 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.
State Certified New Teacher Trainer
Data Team Training
ED 534- Community Relations and Communication St. Joseph's College (online) course, I taught and revised this course.
ED 515- Standards Based Learning and Beyond St. Joseph's College course designed, developed and taught by me.
Jun 2013 - Present
Educational Specialist Coach and Trainer
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 trainings and coaching visits I have supported teachers and leaders in their measured growth and progress along a defined and measured progression.
I have also been charged with supporting and coaching the leadership of the Charleston County School district. I supported all 16 "Race to the Top" School Based leaders in the developing of a sustained strategic plan for their school as they transform to personalized learning. I have also developed a educational journal, RISConnections, for our coalition members, that focuses on transformative leadership and second order change. A number of the articles have been re-published on the Competency Works website.
In addition to coaching and training I have supported a number of projects that focus on alignment of curriculum and the developing a scoring scales. Currently, I am developing the Leadership training modules that will be aligned to "best practices and theory" as well as Marzano's High reliability Schools.
Jul 2010 - Present
Graduate and Professional Sudies Education Faculty
Graduate and Professional Studies Education Faculty- MSEd Graduate and Professional StudiesI 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.
I currently teach two online courses. ED 534-Community Relations and Communication and ED 516 Standards Based Education.
I also work with graduate students to review their research and capstone projects.
I have taught summer sessions in a hybrid setting. Standards Based Course.
I taught a hybrid online course to a cohort group of administrators for Educational Leadership.
I have rewritten a course and have developed another course.
I am Quality Matters trained and I have worked hard to engage my students in my courses with the use of ANGEL, Jing and Prezi.
Jul 2005 - Jul 2013
Principal of James W. Russell and Memorial Elementary Schools
MSAD #15 Gray New Gloucester Public Schools
Russell School is the Kindergarten to Second grade school serving the students and families of Gray, Maine. I also led Memorial Elementary School in New Gloucester. My leadership of these schools involved the day to day operations of the school as well as the professional growth of the teachers and the academic and social growth of our students. Through evaluation and supervision of staff, as well as developing a comprehensive proficiency based instruction and assessment system. I considered myself the educational leader of my building. 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 have worked with the RISC framework.
I also served as the Professional Development Committee chair for the Maine Principals Association. I have offered numerous presentations at the state fall conference.
Jul 2000 - Jul 2005
Assistant Principal Windham High School
Supervised 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.
Aug 1991 - Jul 2000
High School Social Studies Teacher
Westbrook School Department
Taught United States History, American Perspectives, american Government, Contemporary Issues World Geography and Cultures. Performed many functions around curriculum development and review for the Social Studies Department. Leadership of the NEASC steering committee for school review and development of standards and expectations. Wrote 2 successful grants to provide funds and time for improved instruction and program development.