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Summary

For more than a decade, I have successfully implemented programs that have stabilized and improved schools as both a teacher and a school leader.  My personal passion for education began with me mentoring students while in college.  This inspirational experience energized me toward my purpose, which is to build great relationships with students and staff while challenging them to achieve their best.

RECENT Accomplishments

k12.com - Insight Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

August 2017Present

Director of Student Support Services

Promoting and enhancing the school’s academic mission by improving levels of student engagement and ensuring that this increased engagement leads to improved academic achievement.  Overseeing the services provided to build capacity within families to assist in their student’s education. Implementing and managing the support given to students/families academically at risk and collaborating with school, department, and community leaders to ensure student academic achievement.

International Academy of Trenton Charter School

Jul 2016September 2017

School Director/Charter School Lead

Working directly with the Board of Trustees in policy governance to develop and implement school policy and set annual goals.  Creating annual school calendar for students and staff. Providing targeted Professional Development workshops for all staff.  Working closely with board attorney to ensure policies are aligned with state codes.  Partnering with the State Office of Education and Charter Offices to keep all school data accurate and updated. Exceeding enrollment targets of 700 students in grades K-6 and academic goals.  Demonstrating significant gains in academic performance for struggling students.  Reducing student discipline concerns through positive behavior support program.  Coaching and mentoring leadership team in providing teacher feedback and strategic planning.  Implementation of school wide staff and teacher evaluation process based on a 4-point rubric model.  Planning staffing needs and recruiting appropriate staff. Ensuring adherence to all HR procedures and professional development of staff.  Maximizing staff retention. Successfully managing a school budget of over $7 million dollars by allocating funds to specific areas of need.  Allocation of Title I funds to supplement student support programs.  Overseeing network restructure and charter renewal efforts in collaboration with charter management company, Board of Trustees and State Board of Education. 

Burlington County Special Services School District

Jul 2014July 2016

Principal

Principal, Westampton, NJ— Worked closely with the district board and superintendent to implement programs for special education and alternative school policies. Appraised school performance data and successfully implemented the transformation of a failing school culture.  Reviewed evaluation ratings and coached supervisors and teachers toward performance increase of 25%.  Reduced the suspension rate by 30%.  Developed sustainable systems of student management and staff performance with budget reductions of 25%.  Successfully reorganized school structure to meet demands of changing student demographics. Coached and developed teacher and administrative teams district-wide in the implementation of strategic planning processes. 

Newark Public Schools

Sep 2013Jun 2014

Principal

Principal, Newark, NJ— Collaborated frequently with superintendent and district leadership team on Turnaround plan for failing school.  Successfully launched and implemented both academic and school culture improvement programs resulting in improved staff and student relations as reported by survey results. Creatively managed limited budget to develop and maintain key partnerships with local universities, community organizations and professional development providers. Increased college acceptance rate and workplace readiness placements by 40% through mentoring and tutoring.  Increased pupil attendance by 15% through emphasis of the Attendance Matters campaign. Increased PTA membership by 400% by implementing programs such as Coffee with the Principal, PTA Breakfast, and Data for Dinner (a family informational program which provided details about school performance), school newsletters and vast utilization of social media.  

Systematized, streamline work flows and work processes for daily school operations and ensured sustainable improvement processes remained in place to promote staff and student performance.

Trenton Public Schools

Dec 2003Sep 2013

Vice Principal

Vice Principal, Trenton, NJ— Effectively coached from grades K-12 toward improving instructional practice using new evaluation tools and research-based professional development teams. Facilitated exciting morning meeting activities for students and staff to generate a culture of preparedness for learning. Created HSPA Hub, a club that paired local college student mentors with high school students to tutor and assist students with college and career preparation. The Hub produced significant gains of greater than 35% in math portion of the standardized test and 20%  in literacy.

Trenton Public Schools

Oct 2001Dec 2003

Teacher

Teacher and Technology Facilitator— Teaching responsibilities included 4th grade instruction in literacy and educational technology. Developed a specialized program for selected students(based on individual NJASK scores) that boosted reading and writing scores by 20% school-wide. Successfully trained the principal, all teachers teachers and teacher's aides in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite and the integration of technology into instruction through scheduled group and one-on-one sessions. 

Academic & Training Achievements

TregoEd

Aug 2014 june 2016

Certified Trainer of Strategic Problem Solving

Morgan State University

Sep 1991May 1994

B.S.

Psychology

Certifications

State of New Jersey

Dec 2003Present

Principal/Supervisor

Standard certification.  Certified and qualified to supervise and evaluate certified school level staff. 

State of New Jersey

Sep 2001Present

Teacher

Standard certification for grades K-6

State of New Jersey

Sep 2001Present

Teacher of Psychology

Standard certification