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Ross-Created Curriculum Material


  • Range, L., Nelson, J. & Ross, M. (2012). A checklist to guide graduate students’ writing. The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 24(3), 376-382. 
  • Ross, M. (2011). Determining content validity for the Transition Awareness & Possibilities Scale (TAPS). Doctoral Dissertation. 

Leadership and Collaborative Activities

Portfolio Reviewer:

  • National Association for Direct Support Professionals, 2009-2012

Problem-Based Assessment Evaluator:

  • Year II Polymer Science PBA, 2014

Committee Membership: 

  • Principal's Leadership Team, 2012-present
  • AdvancED Accreditation Team (GHS building-level), 2012-2013
  • Strategic Planning, Moss Point School District, 2007-2008 
  • Curriculum Steering, Moss Point School District, 2005-2006
  • SACS School Improvement Process, St. Martin High School, 2002-2003 

Professional Activities


  • Listening to David. 2011 Mississippi Council of Exceptional Children Conference. February 2011.
  • Parent Perceptions of the Transition Process: Roles and Responsibilities of Families, Schools, and Government. University of Southern Mississippi 2010 Graduate Student Research Symposium (not presented due to illness).


  • McDowell, L. & Ross, M. Customized Employment: Tools To Systematically Coach/Mentor Initial Implementation. Presentation at 2011 National TASH Conference, Atlanta, GA. December 2011.
  • McDowell, L. & Ross, M. Mississippi Systems Redesign & Internet-based Employment Resources. Presentation at Mississippi APSE Conference, Raymond, MS. September 2009.


  • Guided LIFE of MS through five-year strategic planning process using the PATH model (Co-facilitator with Dr. Linda McDowell). April 2011.


  • AP Institute attendee (leading to certification), 2013
  • ASM International Materials Science Teacher Workshop attendee (week-long), 2012
  • CISCO delegate to Project Zero, Harvard University, July-August 2007 


  • TEACH-MS Institute (Mentee: Mark Walsh, physics), 2006-2007


University Teaching and Research

Conference Artifacts

PSD Evaluations

USM Student Evaluations

Secondary Artifacts

Grant Funding

  • McDowell, L. (with) Ross, M. B. Tools for Transition from School to Adult Life. Proposal submitted to the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities in the amount of $54,383. (Submitted June, 2010; funded).
  • McDowell, L. (with) Ross, M. B. Building Blocks for Transition from School to Adult Life. Proposal submitted to the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities in the amount of $68, 433. (Submitted June, 2009; not funded).
  • Carpenter, R. (with) Ross, M. B. CISCO Strategic Initiative Pilot Program (CSIPP) Grant. Proposal submitted to CISCO systems in the amount of $4,000,000. (Submitted 2006, funded). I was individually responsible for writing $500,000 of this grant. 

Work experience

Aug 2011Present

Teacher/Dept. Chair

Gautier High School (Pascagoula School District)

Chemistry Teacher (2012-present)

  • Currently teach chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry
  • Spearheaded the implementation of AP Chemistry at GHS
  • Previously taught physical science (Fall 2012) and physics (Spring 2013)
  • Passed pre-test and completed all assignments for Octave certification, 2014
  • Wrote district chemistry assessments, summer 2013
  • Revamped district pacing guide for chemistry after discovering required content was not included, summer 2013
  • Served on Teacher Support Team (TST), 2013

Science Dept. Chair (2012-present)

  • Support science teachers--get needed supplies, teach new strategies, act as the liaison between the teachers and administration
  • Check in with new teachers multiple times per week to address their questions and concerns. Make a point of contact with all teachers at least monthly.
  • Plan monthly department meetings.  
  • Train new science teachers on GHS basics: how to upload DA’s and view reports, classroom management, how to make lesson plans, etc.
  • Review DA scores, implement tutoring, pull-outs, etc.
  • Supervise biology and physics lab schedules and clean-up

Special Education Teacher (2011-2012)

Courses Taught:  

  • Career Preparation & Transition Fall-Spring 2011-2012
  • Inclusion/Co-teacher Biology I Fall 2011
  • Learning Strategies (9th grade) Fall 2011, Spring 2012 
  • Employment English Spring 2012

Courses Developed:

  • Career Preparation & Transition
Aug 2009Present

Instructor/Course Developer

The University of Southern Mississippi


  • Planned instruction; designed, revised, and clarified syllabi, assignment directions and rubrics; graded assignments; provided feedback; taught class sessions. 
  • Redesigned courses for online instruction implementing principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
  • Acted as a liaison between the department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education and the Learning Enhancement Center.  

Instructor/Course Developer:

  • Transition Programming: School to Adult Life (SPE 641) Sum 2012
  • Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children (SPE 400) Sum 2008, 2009; Fall 2010, 2012-online
  • Assessment and Intervention for Individuals with Severe/Profound Disabilities (SPE 645) Spring 2011-hybrid 
  • Legal Aspects of Special Education (SPE 470) Spring 2010- online 

Assistant to the Instructor of Record:

  • Experimental Design (REF 761-Statistics)  Sum 2011
  • Families of Individuals with Disabilities  Fall 2009, Spring 2010 
  • Teaching Academics to Students with Disabilities (with Practicum) Fall 2008
  • Educational Evaluation of Exceptional Children  Spring 2008, 2010; Fall 2009 
  • Systematic Interventions for Challenging Behaviors (with Practicum) Spring 2009
  • Practicum: Transition/Life Skills  Spring 2009
  • Classroom and School Management Systems/Strategies (with Practicum)  Fall 2008
Aug 2010Aug 2012

Evaluation Specialist

Meaningful Daze: A Project of the Arc of Mississippi
  • Evaluated training curricula for students, families, advocates, educators and service providers. 
  • Collaborated to select published curricula.  
  • Developed and validated new surveys. 
  • Analyzed and reported results to funders.  
Aug 2010Aug 2012

Outreach Specialist

Tools for Transition from School to Adult Life
  • Selected training materials for students, families, advocates, educators and service providers (re: building self-determination & futures planning). 
  • Created evaluation tools for measuring increases in knowledge, skills, and satisfaction with materials and strategies.
  • Created and distributed publicity and registration information to advocacy organizations, schools and service providers; surveyed participants regarding satisfaction with training content/delivery and increased knowledge (re: building self-determination & future planning). 
  • Measured skill increase in students, families, advocates, educators and service providers.
  • Presented and published project efforts and impact to stakeholders using developed materials, as well as ETO software.
Aug 2005Jul 2008


Moss Point High School

World History/Global Studies, tenth-twelfth grades  (2007-2008)

  • Represented Moss Point School District at Project Zero, Harvard University (July 2007)
  • Teacher representative for MPSD Strategic Planning Committee
  • Serve on district committee for CISCO 21S grant implementation
  • Senior Project Teacher
  • Member of Senior Project Advisory Board
  • National Beta Club Sponsor 
  • Instruct students in World History and Global Studies 
  • Provided 3 days of faculty professional development on Moodle and using technology in the classroom

Chemistry I & II, tenth-twelfth grades  (2005-2007)

  • Served as Science Department Chair
  • Instructed students in Chemistry I and II
  • Wrote CSIPP grant for $500,000.  This funded a three-year pilot program to extend classroom instruction through the use of mobile technology, online instruction, and other state-of-the-art services, as well as created a new position (district-level) to monitor and facilitate implementation.
  • Served on Curriculum Steering Committee. 
  • Wrote district curriculum and standardized lessons for Chemistry 1 and 2. 
  • Served as sophomore class sponsor (2005-2006) and junior class sponsor (2006-2007)
  • Served as a team member on Teacher Assistance Team (TST)
  • IC3 Certified
  • Representative for the Moss Point School District for the 2007 National Senior Project Conference in New Orleans, LA (June 27-29)
  • Representative for the Moss Point School District for the 2007 National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in Atlanta, Georgia (June 23-27)
Aug 2004Jul 2005

English Teacher

Gautier Middle School (Pascagoula Schools)


  • Taught English, reading, test-taking skills (eighth grade) 
  • Collaborated with other English teachers and eighth grade teachers for curriculum alignment, positive school climate, and increased parental involvement. 
  • Created/implemented various differentiated instructional and assessment strategies.
  • Prepared and implemented annual Professional Development Plan
  • Made documented parent contacts- over 427 October-May
  • Taught daily MCT “booster” class (reading, language, math) to enable students to be at or above grade level by the end of their eighth grade year
  • Sponsored National Junior Beta Club- increasing active membership by 114% and service projects by 500%.  
  • Served as a team member on same-sex classroom research committee
  • Maintained website to keep parents informed.  All lesson plans and announcements were posted
  • Voted best classroom environment by students, faculty, and administration
Aug 2002Jul 2004


St. Martin High School

English (2003-2004)

  • Instructed eighth grade students in literature, grammar, and writing.  
  • Created projects and implemented various assessment strategies that appeal to multiple       intelligences and learning styles.  
  • Created a year-long (versus 1 semester) English class for students who did not meet “Proficient” standards on the MCT test.
  • Evaluated eighth grade MCT scores to develop and implement remedial programs (such as In-school Tutorial, “Double Dipping,” and year-long) to enable students to be at or above grade level by the end of their eighth grade year.
  • Organized and sponsored the first Reading Fair at SMHS.  

General Science (2002-2003)

  • Instructed eighth grade students in biology, chemistry, and physics 
  • Served as a team member on faculty Building Leadership Team.
  • Served on SACS School Improvement Process Committee.  Played an integral part developing the profile of SHMS by surveying students, parents, teachers, and community.  Presented findings to entire staff.
  • Participated in developing school mission statement, belief statements, and goals for SMHS.
Jul 1998Oct 1998

English Tutor

Youth for Understanding

  • Using an immersion program, taught Spanish-speaking high school student functional English (conversational and written).  
  • Student completed the 12th grade and was fully fluent in English by the end of the year.


Aug 2008Dec 2011


The University of Southern Mississippi

Dissertation: Determining Content Validity for the Transition Awareness and Possibilities Scale (TAPS) 

Aug 2004May 2006

Masters of Education

William Carey University
Aug 1997May 2002

Bachelor of Arts

The University of Southern Mississippi


AAAA Educator License No. 177930

MS Dept. of Ed

Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³)


Intel Master Teacher