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Professional Objective

To be employed in a position of leadership in an organization whose goals are to positively impact teaching and learning in a collaborative environment with students as the focal point.


May 2014Dec 2015

EdS, Educational Administration


Educational Leadership, EdS to EdD, Superintendent Licensure 

Aug 1992May 1998

Graduate Studies - Professional Development


32 Graduate Credits beyond Master Degree, plus Principal Certification

Aug 1989Dec 1990

M.A, Counselor Education

Aug 1985May 1988

BA, Psychology

Aug 1983Dec 1984



Work experience

Jul 2012Jun 2015

Director of Student Services

Johnston County Schools

Leader of Dropout Prevention initiatives, 12  Graduation Coaches, 3 office staff members including one GRADUATE! coordinator, 8 Academic Advancement Coaches, and AVID District Director of 11 quality sites and 11 AVID Coordinators. *Leadership took the rate from 5.39 to a current rate of 1.82 dropouts. Lead, promote, and manage online education credit recovery and skills recovery programs. Multiple proposals submitted and approved including decreasing suspensions, effective discipline, alternative-to-suspension program, policy revisions, and more. *Using data, displayed and pushed the need for improved discipline thus lowering suspensions from 6,259 decisions to suspend (2008) to 3,826 (2014). Employee of the Year Nomination, 2013. Collaborator, studied abroad and have strong ties with Novgorod Schools, Russia.

Jul 2010Jun 2012

Dropout Prevention Coordinator

Johnston County Schools

Spearheaded comprehensive Dropout Prevention initiative for Johnston County Schools. Co-developer of the Dropout Monitoring System (at-risk data). Won, 2012 American School Board Journal’s Magna Award for Innovative Programs (GRADUATE!), using online platforms, which has graduated and reconnected 215 dropouts in three years. Recipient, 2012 Leading with the Heart Award  for Central Office administrators. State and National Presenter of effective Dropout Prevention strategies. Modernized online education.

Mar 2008Jun 2010

High School Assistant Principal/Administrator

Smithfield-Selma High School/Evening Academy

Assumed Assistant Principal duties (staff evaluations, discipline, etc.) as well as  Director and developer first-ever countywide Evening Academy for the district (starting with 14 students and ending with a semester enrollment of 128 students) impacting the dropout rate immediately. Familiar with NCVPS, Moodle, Blackboard, Nova NET, and Edgenuity. Initiated new discipline plan and attendance recovery plan for Smithfield-Selma High School.

Jul 2007Mar 2008

Lead Counselor

Wake County Public Schools

Facilitated counseling standards, involved in many leadership opportunities regarding opening a new school. Desired a return to school administration and had full support from the building principal.

Aug 2001Jun 2007

Assistant Principal

South Royalton Schools K-12

Reconstructed discipline program. Action Planning team chairperson. Educational Support Team and attendance committee leader. Organized discipline team. Teacher and support staff  evaluator. Created Standards-based discipline plan. With Department of Corrections, developed a high school restorative justice program featured on state DVD and seen on television.  Wellness committee chairperson. Member, Vermont administrators’ standards board for administrator re-licensure. Supervised busing, custodial staff, nutrition program, year-one to year-five teachers and all teacher aides. Attended several NASSP conventions. State and national presenter.

Jul 1996Jul 2001

Director of Counseling Services

South Royalton Schools

Created Crisis Plan for South Royalton School. Implemented and facilitated  Community-based Learning Program (national and state conference presenter). Organized first Student Leadership/Mentorship program. Received high praise from the school board for “transforming” the counseling program. Received various awards, Exemplary Programs from BEST practices, the State of Vermont School-to-Work initiative for “superlative effort” in creating a comprehensive career program to include Personal Learning Plan portfolios. Advanced Placement Coordinator. Advisor/Advisee Program Developer and Coordinator.

Aug 1994Jun 1996

High School School Counselor

Montpelier City Schools

Spearheaded Conflict Resolution programs, and organized first ever  Peer Mediation program at Montpelier High School. Coordinated and developed the Random Acts of Kindness Program. Began the Youth Appreciation Project  with students developing relationships with the elderly. Instructional Support Team leader, Community-based Learning advisor, and high school coach of soccer and basketball. Facilitated counseling standards.

Aug 1991Jun 1994

Elementary School Counselor, Teacher

Hampton City Schools

Initiated community service projects with students and VA Medical Center. Chairperson, business partnership committee. Testing Coordinator. Member, inclusion and positive discipline committee. Gifted Education advisor. Served as  Public Relations representative.

Jan 1991Jun 1991

Middle School Counselor

Woodstock Union Middle and High School

Temporarily worked as school counselor helping to  create the first Middle School  in Woodstock, VT. Organized Individual, group, and classroom  counseling groups and middle school teams. Coordinated testing, scheduling, and community service projects

Professional Skills

  • Team oriented individual who believes in the power of humor and positive thinking in the workplace. Follower of the Appreciative Inquiry approach to effective organizational behavior.
Leader - Presenter
  • Trained Leader and Presenter of Dropout Prevention Initiatives, Dropout Monitoring Systems, Online Education, Alternative Education, Evening Academy, Restorative Justice, and Conflict Management practices.
Curriculum Knowledge
  • Knowledgeable educator with many K-12 leadership experiences including curriculum guidance and student support.
Discipline Expert
  • Skilled in student discipline and follow the “Discipline with Dignity” approach.
  • Enthusiastic, effective, reliable, and committed professional; Competent program and staff evaluator.
Relationships - Counseling
  • Tremendous rapport and motivational to students, teachers, parents and community members.
  • Innovative educator who enjoys taking educationally sound risks per data-reflected gaps in services.

Professional Affiliations

Member, Wake and Johnston Workforce Development Youth Committee

Member, Johnston County Youth Services Board

Member, Johnston County Child Collaborative

Member, Johnston County Principal's Association

Member, North Carolina Association of School Administrators


NC K-12 School Counselor, K-12 School Principal