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Professional Profile

  • Accomplished career demonstrating consistent success as an Adjunct instructor at the higher education level, and Staff Development Leader at the elementary and secondary level. 
  • Extensive background developing course materials for higher education courses in teacher education and assessment in literacy courses.
  • Effective servant leader with excellent planning, organizational, communication, and collaboration strengths, as well as the ability to lead, establish goals, and attain results.

Education

Jan 2010Jul 2014

Ed.D

Grand Canyon University

Organizational Leadership

Aug 2000Dec 2003

M.S.

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Educational Administration

Jan 1998Aug 2000

M.S.

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Reading

Aug 1987May 1993

B.S

University of Iowa

Elementary Education

Dissertation

Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership in Higher Education

Specialization: Leadership, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ

August, 2014

Dissertation Defense Date: July, 2014

Dissertation Title: The Relationship Between Servant Leadership Characteristics on Teachers' Sense of Efficacy

Chair: Dr. Patricia Chess

Academic/Teaching Experience

Adjunct Instructor, Aspen University, 2015-present

  • Educational Administration (EDD-810); Leadership Theory (EDD-830); Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education (MED-710); Dissertation Committee (Content Expert)

Adjunct Instructor, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2015-present

Adjunct Instructor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2006 - present

  • Literacy and Learning/Reading in the Content Area - taught to undergraduate students seeking a degree in education

Adjunct Instructor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2012 - present

  • Adolescent Literacy - field experience with 15 Master's degree students at the Hope Center for teens in Omaha, NE

Adjunct Instructor, Doane College, 2007-present

  • Reading in the Content Area - Taught to students seeking a Master's degree in Education

Presentations

Virtual Mentor Program: 3/2004 - Papillion La Vista School District

Motivating Middle School Students to Read and Write: 10/2005 - NAMLE, Nebraska Association of Middle Level Educators

Units of Study in Reading and Writing: 10/2013 - NAMLE, Nebraska Association of Middle Level Educators

Close Reading: 12/2014 - Fremont Public School District

Work History

Nov 2014Present

Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University

Dissertation Content Expert

  • Iterative review and approval of the proposal with special attention to Chapter 2
  • Participation in Proposal Conference Call and approval of Dissertation Proposal by Full Committee
  • Iterative review and feedback for final Dissertation
  • Participation in Dissertation Conference call and approval of Dissertation by Full Committee
Aug 2006Present

University of Nebraska at Omaha

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Adjunct Faculty

  • Developed and administered the curriculum for course entitled" Reading and Writing in the Content Area"
  • Collaborated with the Hope Center in Omaha to partner graduate students with at-risk students in the area of literacy
Aug 2005Present

Doane College

Doane College

Adjunct Faculty

  • Developed and administered curriculum for the class" Reading and Writing in the Content Areas" and“ Adolescent Reading for Grades 5-12 ”
  • Facilitated learning for undergraduate/graduate students to further their understanding of the importance of reading strategies in the content areas and strategies that will motivate and improve learning for language arts students
Aug 2012Jan 2015

Faculty Supervisor

Grand Canyon University

Faculty Supervisor

  • Established a working relationship with cooperating school districts, maintaining effective communication with all stakeholders
  • Acquired necessary resources for the Teacher Candidate
  • Conducted formal evaluations of the Teacher Candidate during four site visits in conjunction with the cooperating teacher
Jan 2015Present

Scorer

Pearson

edTPA Scorer

  • Review teacher candidate's authentic teaching materials as a culmination of a teaching cycle
  • Process teacher documents that demonstrate candidate's teaching ability
  • Effectively evaluate teacher readiness
Aug 2012Present

Literacy Coach

Johnson Crossing Academic Center

Literacy Coach

  • Led weekly professional development meetings to further and enhance literacy classroom instruction
  • Guided inquiry and decision-making based on classroom formative/summative assessments
  • Created a learning community among staff members
  • Developed and implemented building-wide literacy intervention program
Aug 2007May 2012

English Teacher

Fremont Middle School

English Teacher-8th grade

  • Authored district-wide 8th grade CRT
  • Developed and trained faculty on successful identification and intervention strategies
  • Effectively utilized data collected from assessment results for differentiation in the classroom
Aug 2003May 2006

Reading Teacher

La Vista Junior High

Reading Teacher-7/8th grade

  • Developed Language Arts curriculum as the Chair for K-12 committee.
  • Assisted grade levels in looking at overlap and standards; developed Language Arts Standards and Assessments in alignment with NCLB and our own STARS assessment system
  • Developed and maintained the reading curriculum for new reading class at La Vista Junior High
  • Created and administered assessments related to the reading standards
  • Developed a remedial reading program for 8th graders in the building and monitored the progress of this program, making changes when necessary
Aug 2002May 2003

Facilitator

Papillion LaVista School District

High Ability Learning Facilitator

  • Tested and identified high ability learners using the CoGat and SAGES assessments
  • Analyzed scores on the MAT test and teacher recommendation forms(KOI) to transfer students into the HAL program
  • Utilized differentiation in co-teaching scenarios, modeling these for the classroom teacher in a coaching format 
Aug 1995May 2002

Teacher

Hickory Hill Elementary

6th Grade Teacher

  • Facilitated staff development in the areas of Science and Language Arts
  • Coached Odyssey of the Mind teams
  • Coached Future Problem Solving teams
  • Tutored students in reading/math after school
  • Taught summer school on-site for two years
  • Member of the Student Assistance Team 

Leadership Experience

  • Served as Content Expert for Doctoral students at Grand Canyon University
  • Led Professional Learning Community meetings focused on assessment and effective instruction research
  • Researched and obtained reading/writing curriculum for 6th grade in Fremont Public Schools
  • Developed Literacy Coaching Model presentation for NAMLE conference in Fremont, NE
  • Conducted staff development for school-wide literacy intervention system
  • Facilitated staff development workshops across the Midwest region in the area of "Motivating Middle School Students to Read and Write"
  • Chair of the Language Arts Department in Papillion La Vista Public Schools
  • Piloted the Fluency Assessment System developed by Dr. Tim Rasinski
  • Assisted in the development of the Reading Assessment System by Dr. Rachel Bilmeyer; published in her book by the same title
  • Editor for ReadWriteThink

Professional Associations

  • International Reading Association
  • Nebraska State Education Association
  • National Education Association
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Nebraska Association of Middle Level Educators

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