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Education

20172020

PhD

Texas A&M

Urban Education

19971998

M.A

University of Central Missouri

Teaching ESL

19881992

B.A

University of Arkansas--Magna Cum Laude

Work History

08/2013Present

Principal

Franklin Elementary
  • Led campus from " Improvement Required" to TEA Distinction Designations in Math, Science and Academic Progress in 2013-17
  • Implemented a school-wide Dual Language Academy where all students are taught in a 50/50 model
  • Oversaw staff development in CHAMPS, SIOP, KEGAN strategies, Guided Reading, School-Wide Writing
08/201208/2013

Assistant Principal

Franklin Elementary
  • Increased Spanish STAAR passing rate by 28%
  • Coached bilingual teachers to 29% growth on Reading standards
  • Conducted Professional Development on fair and consistent school-wide discipline systems (CHAMPS)
07/201107/2012

Assistant Principal

High School Ahead Academy
  • Achieved 90% passing rate at midyear allowing overage students to recover two academic years in one.
  • Appeared in media and Spanish/English television to promote credit recovery for overage students
07/201007/2011

Dean of Instruction

HISD Community Services (K-12)
  • Oversaw instruction of all home bound, hospitalized and incarcerated students.
  • Supervised and appraised teaching staff at 15 different hospitals, homebound sites and state agencies.
  • Negotiated contracts leading to school-community collaborations to serve institutionalized students.
08/200508/2010

Lead Teacher

Eastwood Academy HS
  • Assisted in planning school operations, staff development, and instructional scheduling
  • Provided professional development in online instruction and data analysis
  • Co-wrote $50,000 Achieve Texas Grant to build distance learning  lab
08/199808/2003

Bilingual Elementary Teacher

Crespo Elementary

Presentations and Professional Development

Mar. 2015

Using School-Wide Data to Analyze Academic Progress in Turnaround Schools

Houston ISD

A workshop I led at Houston ISD for principals of turnaround schools

Oct. 2012

Differentiating Instruction while Maximizing Instructional Time

Franklin Elementary--HISD

A faculty workshop I presented on small group instruction

Nov. 2007

College Connections--Integrating Technology in the Dual Credit Classroom

Eastwood Academy HISD

A workshop I presented on using technology resources in a new distance learning lab

Awards

20142017

TEA Distinction Designations

Awarded to Franklin Elementary in Academic Progress, Math and Science
2007

Texas Achieve Grant

I was awarded a $50,000 grant from TEA for a proposal I wrote to build a distance learning lab.
2006

East Region Teacher of the Year

Eastwood Academy--Houston Independent School District
1988  

Sturgis Fellowship

University of Arkansas--Fayetteville

Academic Fellowship worth $40,000 awarded to top five incoming freshmen at University of Arkansas