International Education

Cross-Sector AnalysisDecember 2007

DePaul Institute of Science and Technology, Angamaly, India

We examined the contemporary role of the nonprofit, governmental, and proprietary sectors in the context of development management in India. The course provided an experiential basis for understanding the challenges of managing grassroots public service organizations from a cross-cultural perspective. 

International Political EconomyJune 2008

DePaul University, Beijin, China

We explored complex issues of development in one of the world’s largest and rapidly changing countries. The focus of inquiry is the effect of external relations on China’s development in both urban and rural settings. We gained a better understanding of economic development and policy-making processes from two perspectives, government and non-government. 

Honors and Awards

  • “Council President’s Dad Honors Democracy”—published article in the Miami Herald (2006)
  • Cutler Ridge Middle School Recognition of Excellence (2006)
  • Cutler Ridge Middle School New Teacher Nomination (2005)

Qualifications Summary

Education Advocate with strong leadership and management skills applicable to education and nonprofit Organizations.  Consistently challenged through solicited promotions of increased responsibility, participating on various teams and committees several times within a short time.  Excellent organizational and logistical skills with proven event planning and fundraising experience, leading to superior service.  Proven leadership through training employees and AmeriCorps volunteers, and conducting formal presentations to all levels of staff and management.  Outstanding academic credentials in International Public Service, focusing on addressing the challenging needs within low socioeconomic communities and schools.

Community Involvement

Extensive community involvement includes mentoring, event planning and coordination, development, training, and education: Town of Cutler Bay Educational Compact Advisory Committee Secretary, Alonzo Mourning Charities (Honey Shine) Program Volunteer, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church Religious Instructor, Heroes Unite Program Volunteer, Grant Foundation Center Grant Writing Instructor, and Joint Alumni Coalition of Miami-Dade Development Volunteer.

Administrative Skills

Program Budgeting & Finance; Intermediate Spanish skills; Children's Trust Data Tracker; PowerSchool and Gradebook; Microsoft Office; SPSS software (data analysis); and iWorks

Work History

Work History
Aug 2004 - Present

Teacher

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Sept 2013 - Present

Southwest Miami Senior High School

Literacy Interventionists

Provides High School students with remediation in literacy.

Sep 2010 - Jun 2011

Ronald Reagan/Doral Senior High School

Interim Instructor of twelfth grade Government, Economics students, as well as AP Human Geography.  Amnesty International - Doral Chapter and Model UN Sponsor. 

Instructed twelfth grade students with interactive and rigorous lessons.  In addition, I managed the first team of Model UN participants who competed in FIMUN 2011.  Moreover, as the Amnesty International Sponsor, I assisted students in running successful campaigns on  Discrimination, Women Rights, and Political Corruption Issues, while increasing student membership and involvement.

Mar 2010 - Jun 2010

North Dade Middle School

Interim Instructor of sixth grade Geography and seventh grade Civics

Instructed sixth and seventh grade students in Geography and Civics with interactive and rigorous lessons.

Aug 2004 - Jun 2007

Cutler Ridge Middle School

Instructor, Team Leader, Student Government Sponsor, Test Prep Tutor, Curriculum Council, Educational Excellence School Advisory Committee (EESAC)

Instructed sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students with interactive and rigorous lessons, and created a curriculum that increased standardized Reading Test scores on an average of two levels. In addition, I managed a team of grade level teachers to help coordinate cooperative learning across the content areas and assisted with the revision of the school-wide strategic plan which initiated teaching a Reading Strategy a month school-wide.  Moreover, as Student Government Sponsor, I coordinated a successful employee and student United Way campaign - exceeding our student goal every year, planned and organized engaging school wide social events, and trained and managed productive student and parent volunteers.

Jun 2011 - May 2013

Program Manager

City Year - Miami

As a Program Manager, I provide direction in City Year's efforts to develop, strengthen, and implement effective operational systems in order to fulfill the organization's vision and mission. As a member of the Management team, I am responsible for spearheading key planning, administrative, and organizational development efforts within Miami Dade County Public Schools. In addition, I directed AmeriCorps team's infrastructure including: finance and budgeting, grant compliance, human resources, professional development, technology, and facilities. Additionally, I provide support and facilitate strong communication between the City Year Miami AmeriCorps teams, School Administration and City Year Miami's Senior Management Team. The position also oversees and implements special projects, including program development efforts, as assigned.

  • Provided professional training for incoming Corp Members (ages 17 to 24) in Literacy Curriculum, Student Behavior Management, Lesson Planning, Partnership Negotiation, Fundraising and Grant Writing.
  • Managed a team of Corp Members (ages 17-24) to provide program direction in City Year Miami’s efforts to develop, strengthen, and implement effective operational systems to increase student scholastic success
  • Assisted with the recruitment, and interviewing, of incoming Corp Members, while managing personnel information for AmeriCorps reports.
  • Assisted with the design and delivery of special projects and events, as well as the logistical and developmental aspects of trainee learning and development
  • Conferred with managers, supervisors, and program partners to determine the training needs for incoming AmeriCorps Members, including leadership and career development:
  • Managed administrative aspect of the program to include finance and budgeting, grant compliance, professional and curriculum development, and event planning.
  • Partnered with appropriate local community members, and leaders, in order to increase philanthropic involvement and support.
Jun 2010 - Sep 2010

Administrative Director - Interim

Alonzo Mourning Charities

As an Administrative Director, I provided direction in AM Charities’ efforts to develop, strengthen, and implement effective operational systems in order to fulfill the organization's vision and mission. As a member of the Senior Management team, I was responsible for spearheading key planning, administrative, and organizational development efforts. As leader of the Administration team, I directed the core agency infrastructure including: finance, grant compliance, human resources, professional development, technology, insurance, and facilities. Additionally, I provided support and facilitate strong communication between the AM Charities' Administrative team, the Board of Directors and CEO. The position also oversaw and implements special projects, including program development efforts, as assigned.

  • Worked as a Consultant to the CEO providing direction in efforts to develop, strengthen, and implement effective operational systems to fulfill the organization's vision and mission.
  • As a member of the Administrative team, I was responsible for spearheading key planning, administrative, organizational and logistical development efforts.
  • Providing direction to employees regarding the organization's core infrastructure to include finance, grant compliance, human resources, professional development, technology, insurance, and facilities.
  • Conferred with executive leadership to provide support in maintaining strong communication between the Administrative team and the Board of Directors.
Oct 2009 - Feb 2010

Program Director - Interim

Heroes Unite

Responsible for the implementation, management, supervision and evaluation of the Giving Back Green program.  In addition, I participated in strategic planning and budgeting initiatives, along with problem solving.  Moreover, I was responsible, and accountable, for specific program projects:  developing community partnerships, recruiting and training volunteers, and minor marketing through social networks.

Dec 2007 - Jun 2009

Humanities Teacher

http://www.perspectivescs.org

Instructor of ninth and tenth grade students, Student Government Sponsor, Humanities Curriculum Council, History Tutor

Instructed ninth and tenth grade students with a self-created interactive and rigorous curriculum for Modern American and World History, and planned engaging field studies, which increased the educational standards the students were accustomed to.  In addition, as the Student Government Sponsor, I assisted the students with creating a formal constitution, by-laws, a trade-name, a financial account, and credibility with the administration and community. Through Student Government, I was able to plan and organize memorable school-wide social events and effective fundraising to contribute towards College Tour funding, as well as train students to be productive volunteers and leaders.

Skills

Skills

Development

Partnered with appropriate local community members, and leaders, to increase philanthropic involvement and support while training AmeriCorps members to successfully acquire over $2000 of in-kind donations within a service year, and foster community financial support. Assisted with the recruitment and admissions of incoming AmeriCorps Members, while managing personnel information, to secure over $200,000 worth of volunteer service. Conferred with executive leadership to provide support     in maintaining strong communication between the Administrative team and the Board of Directors saving the organization approximately $5000 on average in professional development fees annually with in-house training and support to employees and volunteers. Secured program sustainability by raising approximately $50,000 from annual foundational grants, event fundraising, in-kind donations and project grants.  

Program and Service

Conferred with managers, supervisors, and program partners to determine the training needs for incoming AmeriCorps Members, including leadership and career development. Assisted with the design and delivery of special projects and events, as well as the logistical and developmental aspects of trainee learning and development. Managed administrative aspect of the program to include finance and budgeting, grant compliance, professional and curriculum development, and event planning. Increased student, teacher, and AmeriCorps members involvement with civic engagement through planning, coordinating, and executing successful fundraising and learning events. Motivated AmeriCorps Members to excel professionally through leveraging community professionals to facilitate team building activities and problem-solving forums.

Management and Training

Managed teams of AmeriCorps Members (ages 17-24) to provide program direction in City Year Miami’s efforts to develop, strengthen, and implement effective operational systems to increase student scholastic success while maintaining approximately 90% retention. Provided professional training for incoming AmeriCorps Members (ages 17 to 24) in Literacy Curriculum, Student Behavior Management, Lesson Planning, Partnership Negotiation, Fundraising and Grant Writing to increase program fidelity. Created employee training manuals to include effective steps and strategies on general office procedure, budgeting, and project management to increase employee confidence and morale. Created and facilitated Professional Development workshops on teaching Literacy Strategies, Curriculum Design, Differentiated Instruction, Student Behavior Management and Motivation, Lesson Planning, Classroom Management, Partnership Negotiation, Fundraising and Grant Writing to increase quality employee productivity.

Curriculum Planning

Increased student learning gains in literacy and math by successfully implementing differentiated instruction, project based learning, and creating innovative and engaging lessons. Motivated students, through coordinating efforts with Team teachers, to orchestrate engaging enrichment activities that assisted students in learning a rigorous curriculum, using performance data provided by Standardized Testing, State Standards, and College Readiness Standards. Analyzed assessments on AmeriCorps Member development, scholastic data, school involvement, and parental support to best create trainings and a school culture well equipped for the academic improvement of low-socioeconomic communities through the evaluation and creation of school wide strategic plans.

Education

Education
Sep 2007 - Jun 2009

Master of Science

DePaul University

DePaul's International Public Service degree program combines management training with practical skills to develop the next generation of leaders in nonprofit and government sectors. Students were challenged to think critically about current issues, to analyze policies that shape government and international relations. In addition, writing skills and effective management were emphasized. Students advance their careers as leaders in service to nonprofit and government sectors through the accumulation and expansion of knowledge and skills through the curriculum.

May 2002 - Dec 2003

Bachelor of Arts

http://www.fiu.edu
The undergraduate program in Sociology/Anthropology emphasizes the comparative study of people of the world, the Americas , and South Florida. The curricula for the B.A. or Minor in Sociology/ Anthropology prepare students for careers in any field by emphasizing critical thinking and analytical skills, and by providing training in theories and methods for understanding cultures and societies.

Certifications

Certifications
Jun 2007 - Jul 2012

Professional Educator's Certificate

State of Florida Department of Educaiton

References

References

Lisa Arneud

Tracy W. Mourning

Jeremy Burnham

William Tate