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Executive Summary

Visionary leader bringing over 30 years of experience in public education K-12 in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.   Recognized for talents leading district-wide strategic planning processes, curriculum audits, curriculum development,assessment systems, leadership development and professional development initiatives. Extensive experience in leading school and district reform efforts in rural, urban and suburban districts.  Devises and implements new programs and initiates successful processes to ensure fidelity of implementation and program evaluation. 

Compelling and persuasive visionary adept at using change theory to build a guiding coalition of leaders to make the vision of the organization a  reality.

Diversified experience in curriculum development involving comprehensive curriculum audits that include curriculum writing, instructional strategies/practices, assessments and program evaluation for all content areas in K-12 schools.

Broad knowledge of educational assessments including the development of district-wide assessment systems, implementation of assessment tools, development of assessments, and data analysis in K-12 schools.

Extensive experience in creating and leading high-quality professional learning opportunities for teachers and administrators that cultivates collaborative relationships and partnerships.

Leader, motivator and coach combining leadership acumen with educational knowledge and experience to promote sustainable programs and improvements.

Educational Background

20042007

Doctor of Education

University of Delaware

Educational Leadership in Curriculum & Instruction

19861988

Master of Education

University of Delaware

Educational Leadership

19781982

Bachelor of Science

University of Delaware

Elementary and Special Education

Professional Experience

2016Present

Consultant

Demosophia

Responsible for partnering with organizations to strategically solve complex problems by collaboratively engaging all stakeholders.  Support organizations in the development of strategic plans and  implementation of initiatives that results in systematic improvements.

20062016

Assistant Superintendent

Avon Grove School District

Responsible for Curriculum & Instruction (K-12), Professional Development, Strategic Planning, Leadership Development, Grant Writing and Oversight, supervision of Elementary/Secondary Education Programs,  Special Education, Student Services and Technology Services. 

20112012

Adjunct Professor, Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

University of Delaware

Taught EDUC 810:  Models and Practices of Instructional Leadership

20042006

Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction (K-12)

Christina School District

Responsible for Curriculum & Instruction (K-12), Professional Development, Special Education, Leadership Development, Principal Supervision,  Federal/State Grants Writing and Oversight for 28 schools.

20032004

Director of Elementary Education

Christina School District

Supervision of elementary school principals,  school operations,   instructional programming and Title I Grant/Program for 18 schools.

19972003

Principal, Brader Elementary School

Christina School District

Elementary Principal of PreK through grade 4 school of approximately 1,000 students.  

19951997

Principal, Gilpin Manor Elementary School

Cecil County Public Schools

Elementary Principal of the K-5 elementary program and district-wide special education center housing children with special needs from birth through twenty-one years.

19941995

Assistant Principal, Gilpin Manor Elementary School

Cecil County Public Schools

Assistant Principal responsible for programs and operation of K-5 program.  Responsible for the supervision of the district-wide special education center (birth to 21 years) programs and staff.

19911994

Assistant Principal, Elk Neck Elementary School

Cecil County Public School District

Responsible for instructional program and operation in K-5 elementary school of approximately 800 students.

19841991

Special Education Teacher, Perryville Elementary School

Cecil County Public Schools

Special Education Teacher of Learning Disabled, Language Impaired and Hearing Impaired students ages 5-10.

19831984

Special Education Teacher, Turning Point Academy

Turning Point Academy

Special Education Teacher for young men on aftercare from Juvenile Services ages 12 through 21.  

19821983

Teacher, St. Peter's Cathedral

Diocese of Wilmington

Teacher of fifth and sixth grade students.

Nonprofit Experience

2006 - Present         Human Ecology Foundation (HEF), Board Member

Founding member of the Human Ecology Foundation.  Contributions include the development Human Ecology Scholarship Expectations & Guidelines and Human Ecology Course.


Awards

Administrator's Award of Excellence 2000-2001

Delaware School Library Media Association (DSLMA)

Presentations

2015

Integrated Learning: The School to Career Connection

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Presentation on the development and implementation of the District Career & College Plan K-12.

2012

Sustaining Instruction Coaching to Improve Student Learning

Pennsylvania Title I Conference

Presentation on  the professional development plan in the Avon Grove School District that includes a distributive leadership model and instructional coaching program.

2008

Doing a Curriculum Review to Getting "Real" Results Fast

Pennsylvania Title I Conference

Presentation on the curriculum review process and results conducted by the Mathematics Task Force in the Avon Grove School District.

Committees

Pennsylvania Collaborative Coaching Board (CCCB), (2012-2016)

Wilmington Urban League, (2005-2006)

Wilmington Hope Commission, (2005-2006)

Delaware Models of Excellence Committee, (2004-2006)

Memberships

American Association for School Superintendents (AASA)

Association for Curriculum & Development (ASCD)

Learning Forward

International Reading Association (IRA)

American School Counselors Association (ASCA)

National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

International Society for Technology Education (ISTE)

References

Andrew Hegedus, Ed. D.

Senior Research Manager, NWEA

302.275.3448

Cynthia Holland, Ed. D. 

Principal, Avon Grove School District, Pennsylvania

484.574.9104

Lisa L. Lucas, Ed. D.

Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator of Early and Middle Grades Education, West Chester University

610.436.1059

Sarah Hudgings

Literacy Coach, Avon Grove School District, Pennsylvania

720.365.4295

Augustus Massaro, Ed. D

Superintendent Emeritus, Avon Grove School District, Pennsylvania

610.255.0429

Joseph Wise, ED. D.

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Research Partners, Florida

904.651.6700

Deborah Zych, Ed. D. 

Superintendent, Polytech School District, Delaware

302.697.2170