Work History

Work History
2014 - Present

South Carolina Education Policy Fellows Program. SC

South Carolina Education Policy Fellows Program. SC
EPFP is a 10-month intensive professional development program for established and emerging leaders in education and related fields to help equip them in working toward sound education policy and practice in South Carolina.
2012 - Present

School Principal

Alfred Rush Academy
Florence School District One-Florence, South Carolina Alternative School Principal
2004 - Present

Leadership Executive

Fellows
Inez M. Tenenbaum Award Recipient, School Leadership Executive of this award are honored for outstanding performance in the South Carolina State Department of Education School Leadership Institute, which gives educators the kinds of skills used for success by top business executives.
2005 - 2012

High School Principal

Wilson High School
Florence School District One-Florence, South Carolina High School Principal Primary Duties: Led a performance turnaround, recording substantial improvements in both measurable and intangible areas of evaluation: student attendance, test scores, graduation rate, student participation, and school population driven by the school's growing reputation for excellence. Supervised 100 certificated staff and 50 classified staff; 1307 students. Responsible for Ninth-Twelfth Grade Discipline, Curriculum, and overall operation of Wilson High School. Other responsibilities are: Supervising Assistant Principals, Staff Development, South Carolina High School League, Staff Evaluations, Supervision of Instruction, School to Work, Student Activity Funds, Administrative Support Staff, Budget responsibilities for high school and athletic program, School Organizations, Safety & Security, Community Relations, and Curriculum Development. Experiences: Led the development of Wilson High School leadership team, which was focused on linking school mission and building goals with state and national standards Revised school mission, vision, and improvement plan. Developed school renewal plan. Developed the WHS Distinguished Graduate Award, in order to recognize alumni members who have made significant contributions to Wilson, to their communities and to society as a whole. Created classified staff development program. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Experiences: Conduct student focus groups in order to improve Honors Program. Created Saturday School. The Wilson High School Saturday School is a program which gave selected at-risk Wilson High School students in 9th-12 th grade increased academic support. Created College Summit classes. College Summit provided WHS with a strategy and tools to transform college enrollment throughout the entire school. College Summit built the capacity to send more students to post-secondary education. Developed Advisor-Advisee program. Developed Tardy Lock-out system in order to address student tardies and class cuts. Introduced book talks and staff development sessions using Good to Great, by Jim Collins; Fish! by Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D., Harry Paul and John Christensen; QBQ by John G. Miller /Programs Implemented
2005 - 2007

Tapping Executive

Fellows
SC-EPFP participate in a variety of activities that promote leadership, develop professional networks, demystify education policy, and foster a greater understanding of the roles of government and the community Charter Member of the Education Leaders Fellows Program for the South Carolina State Department of Education Tapping Executive Educators Training Program for Future Superintendents, South Carolina State Department of Education Office of School Leadership. Tapping Executive Educators is an in-depth program that requires high levels of participant involvement. Instructional activities and assignments are based on adult-learning theory and focus upon skills and traits necessary to succeed as a school superintendent.
2001 - 2004

Middle School Principal

Johnson Middle School
Florence County School District Four-Timmonsville, South Carolina Middle School Principal Florence School District 4 is located in east South Carolina. As of 2010, the total Florence School District 4 population is 6, 768. The mission of the school district is" Every Student Achieving." Primary Duties: Supervised 33 certificated staff and 5 classified staff; 182 students. Responsible for Sixth-Eighth Grade Discipline and overall operation of Johnson Middle School. Other responsibilities are: Staff Development, Staff Evaluations, Supervision of Instruction, School to Work, Student Activity Funds, Administrative Support Staff, Budget, School Organizations, Safety & Security, Community Relations, and Curriculum Development. Experiences: Developed new school motto,“ Just Molding Success-One student, One family, One school, and One community at a time!” This motto focuses on the importance of the family, school, and community relationship. Implemented student achievement program, The Panther Club, resulting in: an increase of students recognized for academic achievement reduction of student referrals increase in student participation in the Accelerated Reader program In response to needs assessment, implemented“ Saturday Academy” program. This purpose of this program was to train, coach, and prepare selected students in order to perform at proficient and advanced levels on the ELA and Mathematics portions of the PACT. Initiated the following activities, programs, and initiatives in order to address student achievement at Johnson Middle School: Afterschool Program Gifted & Talented class sections Algebra I & English I taught to Gifted Eighth Grade Students All grade level teachers have a common planning time. Weekly Standards In Practice staff development sessions Parent Involvement Initiatives PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Experiences: Introduced book talks and staff development using Fish! by Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D., Harry Paul and John Christensen; Whale Done!: The Power of Positive Relationships by Kenneth Blanchard Ph.D., Thad Lacinak, Chuck Tompkins and Jim Ballard; Improving Schools from Within: Teachers, Parents, and Principals Can Make the Difference by Roland S. Barth In response to needs assessment, implemented“ Saturday Academy” program. This purpose of this program was to train, coach, and prepare selected students in order to perform at proficient and advanced levels on the ELA

Objective

Education administrator with 17 years of experience leading faculty and students. Expertise in development and implementation of school improvement and curriculum innovation that impact accomplishment of district, state, and national goals. Lifetime commitment to quality education programs that emphasize student achievement. Ability to apply unique and creative thinking skills toward short- and long range goals. Recognized for exceeding state and national standards for academic growth and success.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

Education

Education

Ed.D

Nova Southeastern University

M.Ed.

Winthrop University
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Aug 2001 - May 2005

Doctor of Education

Nova Southeastern University
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2005

M.Ed

Winthrop University
1994

B.A

Wofford College
1990 - 1992

United States Military Academy West Point

Philosophy of Leadership

In The Leadership Challenge, Kouzes and Posner (2000) stated “leadership is a relationship made possible through communication.” The major requirement of leadership is to use communication to connect with people they are leading.The most important thing that I did with my faculty, staff, and students is to establish a relationship with them.Before a leader establishes their vision, they must focus on their relationship with their constituents.If the leader does not accomplish this, then the organization is set for failure.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>