Larry Wallen

Larry Wallen

Work History

Work History
Jul 2007 - Present

President and Owner

Gray Matter Consulting, LLC

Gray Matter Consulting specializes in small and rural school district consulting in data analysis, educational leadership, educational technology, educational reform, employee discipline, professional development, curriculum implementation, teacher/principal

kevaluations, interim administrator, hearing officer, and performnce reviews. Our staff focuses on assisting in developing and implementation of strategic plans focused on alignment of instruction, curriculum, and assessment to allow teachers to target student learning needs. We coach Superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and district leadership in the execution of their duties within a normal work week.

May 2005 - Jun 2013

Superintendent

Pinon Unified School District #4
Pinon Unified School District is a remote public school district located within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. PUSD #4 encompasses 2000 square miles with bus routes operating 2,123 miles per day with approximately 1800 miles of dirt roads. The district was under a corrective action plan with the Auditor General of the State of Arizona, the elementary school was entering NCLB Restructing Year 1 and has an Arizona Department of Education installed Principal and six ATLAS/Mentor teachers, the middle school is frozen in corrective action as a result of making AYP, and the high school is entering Corrective Action having failed to respond to any initiatives of NCLB. The district overspent its budget by $400,000 the previous year, the business department is a failure, the Governing Board is split and failing to move the district forward. Successfully provided leadership to the Governing Board in the development and implementation of a quality school district. The educational program is heavily infused with technology supporting instructional strategies using GLAD, Guided Language Acquisition and Development. My job as Superintendent was to stabilize the district’s operations, remove the district from corrective action with the Auditor General, develop and implement a school based budget, build a strong state and federal grants program, bring order and structure to daily activities, organize the Governing Board into an effective governance team, and lead the schools to make AYP. The business office reorganized to meet the requirements of the USFR, Arizona’s accounting standards, the budget has been adopted and meets the needs of students, the Auditor General has audited the district and recommended to the Arizona State Department of Education a clean audit. Pinon Unified has received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International 2010 - 2013.
Jun 1993 - Jun 2009

Instructor

University of Phoenix
Provide instruction to practicing teachers in the classroom. Courses directly impact instruction in the classroom so that a student can improve their classroom practice the next day. Taught classes in educational leadership, principalship, school finance, school law, ESL, and school reform.
Jun 2004 - May 2005

Vice President

Goals, Inc
• Responsible for grant writing, monitoring, evaluating Reading First Grants, conduct needs assessment, design professional development, and evaluate outcomes to assist school districts to meet AYP. Responsible for overall operations of organization, scheduling projects, and securing clients.

Education

Education
2004 - 2005

Doctoral student

University of Nevada/Las Vegas
1988 - 1993

Post Graduate

University of Phoenix
1979 - 1980

Post graduate

Northern Arizona University
1976 - 1978

Masters of Science

University of Dayton
1969 - 1974

Bachelor of Arts

Morehead State University

Skills

Skills

Instructional Technology

Curriculum Design

Education Reform

Curriculum Development

Educational Leadership

Certifications

Certifications

Level One Fingerprint Clearance

Qualified Evaluator

Hearing Officer Training Program

Humanex Frontline Support Selection Interviewer

Humanex Form A Teacher Selection Interview

ADE Certification for English as a Second Language K-12

ADE Certification for Standard Teacher - 7-12

ADE Certification for Guidance Counselor K-12

ADE Certification for Supervisor

ADE Certification for Principal

ADE Certification for Superintendent