Work experience

Work experience
Jun 2006 - Present

Director of Student Life/Teacher

Episcopal Day School

Administrative duties

  • Administrative team, direct report to head of school.
  • Working with head of school in establishing student leadership as a distinguishing program
    • Established partnership with American Red Cross of Augusta to host regional Middle School Leadership Conference
    • Wrote with advancement office 2009 NAES Outreach Fund Grant for student leadership support [view grant report]
    • Coordinating and chaperoning experiential education trips (including 8th grade Outward Bound expedition)
    • Implemented Twitter as a tool for sharing field trip updates with school community
    • Conceived and produced annual student-led Veterans' Day Chapel Assembly in partnership with community groups including Augusta State University, U.S. Army Signal Corps at Fort Gordon, and the Office of the Mayor. 
  • Chair, Outcomes Project/Affective Domain Committee, Chair.  Schoolwide steering committee charged with creating student outcomes and curriculum redesign to reflect student and teacher needs for the 21st century.
  • Regular interaction with parents and families through high school evaluation, application, and selection process [high school placement handbook]
  • Secretary, Board of Trustees Merit Scholarship Selection Committee
  • Retention Committee: creation and implementation of internal family retention programs
  • Discipline Committee: review, revision, and implementation of schoolwide discipline plan
  • Worked with head of school and faculty in hiring process for teacher and administrative openings, including faculty recruitment and interviews

Teaching and curriculum design

  • Courses: English & Literature (8th grade); Leadership (gr. 7-8); Religion (gr. 6-7); Advisory (gr. 6-8)
  • Sponsor for Student Council and award-winning Academic Quiz Bowl Teams
  • Assisting colleagues in technology implementation (SmartBoards support as certified Peer Educator, teacher websites, database management, EasyGrade Pro solutions, and other user support)


  • Assisted advancement team in producing special events (e.g. Golf Tournament, 8th Grade Grandparents' Day, Homecoming, Graduation)
  • Working with head to identify and cultivate donors to establish endowment gifts within student leadership
  • Assisted Director of Public Relations with school publications (proofreading, creating website content and articles for school magazine, and special event photography)
Aug 2004 - Jun 2006

Teacher/Student Activities Coordinator

Aiken Preparatory School

Administrative duties

  • Administrative team, direct report to head of school
  • Coordinated school calendar & assembly schedule
  • Announcer for varsity athletics and other school events
  • Technology Specialist: assistant network administrator; technology/library curriculum committee

Teaching and curriculum design

  • Upper School (9-12): AP United States History (first AP course added to school curriculum)
  • Middle School (6-8): United States History, South Carolina History; Science/Technology; Spring Musical
  • Lower School (4K-5): Computer classes for each grade; 5th grade Social Studies
Aug 2001 - Jun 2004

Founding Teacher/Student Activities Coordinator/Houseparent/Coach

Conserve School

Administrative duties

  • Creation and maintenance of $175,000 startup budget for music program and performing arts center
  • Implementation of student life budget & curriculum (community service, new student orientation, and staff training)
  • Webmaster for web-based student services
  • Committees: Founder’s Day Celebration (chair); Food Service; ePod (technology); 9-11 Remembrance
  • Coordinated summer programming; directly responsible for all non-academic program components 

Teaching and curriculum design

  • Thorough study of Understanding by Design and Educative Assessment (ASCD curriculum tools)
  • Courses: School band director (superior rating at regional festival); AP United States History; school wide Socratic seminar; student advisory
    • Winterim courses: Civil War and Leadership with guest lecturer LTG Josiah Bunting III; Vietnam War and 1960s
Aug 2000 - Jun 2001

Teacher/Residence Hall Director

Alabama School of Math & Science

Teaching and curriculum design

  • Classes taught: AP Music Theory; Band; Choir

Residence Hall Director

  • Worked with seven hall directors and eight resident assistants in managing 270 boarding students
  • Evaluation and recommendations for campus control and security practices in urban setting
  • Investigation of student disciplinary incidents with referral to the Director of Student Affairs


2002 - 2005

MA (33 of 36 hours)

Sam Houston State University

My work on a second masters was interrupted by my change in employment, then put on hold by an extended illness in my family. By the time I could return my attention to the degree, the time requirements had passed. As I already have a graduate degree, the 33 credit hours make me eligible to teach undergraduate courses in history should the opportunity arise.

Jan 1997 - Aug 1998


Western Carolina University
  • Graduate assistantship: studio teaching and music librarian, and trumpet ensemble.
  • Principal Trumpet, Jackson County Civic Orchestra, 1997-1998; Winner, Concerto Competition, 1998.
  • Graduate Research Symposium presentations, 1997 and 1998.
Aug 1991 - Jul 1995


Carson-Newman College

Advanced electives in religion, psychology, and 17 graduate hours in education.

Bonner Scholar: 2000 hours of community service in four years, including three years as a teacher's assistant.



Software Use

Longtime user, teacher, troubleshooter for various software programs: Expert EasyGrade Pro MS Word MS Powerpoint Open Office Writer Advanced iPhoto iCal Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer MS Outlook Intermediate MS Excel

SmartBoard presentation hardware & software

  SMART Peer Educator, August 2007 Regular resource for teachers and administrators for SMARTBoard use  

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