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Work experience

Jun 2006Present

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)

Advancement

  • 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 2004Jun 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 2001Jun 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 2000Jun 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

Education

20022005

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 1997Aug 1998

MA

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 1991Jul 1995

BA

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.

Skills

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  

Connect with me!

Educational Philosophy

Conference Presentations

“Outliers on the journey.” [Group discussion concerning value of Gladwell’s Outliers in the independent school setting]

Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA) Teacher Conference, November 2009

[Link to handout]

“Developing Leadership in Middle School Students.” 

GISA Teacher Conference, November 2007

"Applying Good to Great Principles in the Independent School Setting." 

GISA Teacher Conference, November 2006

“Incorporating Arts through Technology in the Social Studies Classroom.”

Association for Supervision, Curriculum, and Development (ASCD) Annual Conference, Chicago, April 2006

“Beyond Good Questions: Using Essential Questions in Teaching and Curriculum Design.”

North Carolina Association for Independent Schools Teacher Conference, November 2008

GISA Teacher Conference, November 2005

South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA) Teacher Conference, November 2004

[Link to PDF]

“Straight from the Real World: Authentic Tasks in Assessing Student Learning”

SCISA Teacher Conference, Columbia, November 2005

“Surfing the Boisterous Sea: Using Online Resources to Create Document Based Questions.”

South Carolina Association for Educational Technology Conference, September 2005

“Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Celebrating Your First Year of Teaching AP U.S. History.”

Advanced Placement National Conference, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, July 2004

Honors & Awards

Outward Bound Leadership Scholarship, spring 2011, for the Colorado Mountaineering Course (15-Day) in June 2011.

*Please enjoy my profile on Outward Bound's blog.

NAIS Aspiring Heads Fellowship,2010-2011. We enjoyed a substantial reading list.

Loveday Summer Study Grant , Georgia Association of Independent Schools, spring 2010.

Leader to Leader Institute - American Management Association Scholarship Program, 2009-2010

SAIS-SACS Visting Team Chair, spring 2010, spring 2011, fall 2011

South Carolina LEGO League Coach of the Year, spring 2006

Blue Ribbon Schools Evaluation Team, spring 2004

Target Teachers' Scholarship,

spring 2001

Selected Publications

“Make magic: putting together letters of recommendation.” 

Leadership in Student Activities, October 2009

“Yeah, that’s the ticket! (small bits of visible recognition – artifacts that are important to us all).” 

Leadership in Student Activities, May 2009

[Link to PDF]

“From adversaries to allies: establishing and maintaining positive teacher-parent relationships.”

Independent Teacher, fall 2008. www.independentteacher.org

Link to PDF

“Life after the Canadian Brass: an interview with Fred Mills and Ronald Romm.” 

International Trumpet Guild Journal, June 2001.

References

Available upon request.

Professional Development

Summer Institutes

Other professional events

In my leisure time...

Board memberships

Board of Directors, Company of Job, term beginning spring 2011

Board of Directors, Augusta Opera Association, term beginning November 2011

Board of Directors, Learning Disabilities Association of South Carolina, November 2005-June 2006

Board of Directors, Tri-County Council for Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Rhinelander, Wisconsin,

2002-2004

Music

Trumpet, Savannah River Winds, 2004-present

Trumpet, Company of Job, fall 2008-present

Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet, University of South Carolina at Aiken, January 2005-May 2006

Assistant to the Editor, International Trumpet Guild Journal, May 2000-June 2001

Adjudicator, National Trumpet Competition, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, February 2000

Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet, Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee, 1999-2000

Athletics

Basketball and Football Announcer, Augusta Preparatory Day School, fall 2007-present

Proud member of the Augusta YMCA and the Atlanta Track Club

Black belt, Isshinryu karate, received from Master Harold Long, 1997