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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

Spanish/Psychology

Thesis: The Life and Deeds of Sir Pretentious the Proud: a translation of Lizardi's Don Catrin de la Fachenda

Work History

08/2013Present

Principal

Franklin Elementary
  • Led campus from " Improvement Required" to" Top 25% in Texas in Academic Growth" in 2014
  • Led school to one of the highest EVAAS indices in HISD in 2015
  • Led school to TEA Distinction Designations in Math, Science and Academic Progress in 2016
  • 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 Tejas Lee standard
  • Conducted Professional Development on fair and consistent school-wide discipline systems.
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
  • 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
  • Planned 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
19971998

Graduate Teaching Assistant

University of Central Missouri
19961997

Graduate Teaching Assistant

University of Arkansas

Presentations and Professional Development

Dec. 1992

The Life and Times of Sir Pretentious the Proud: a Translation of Lizardi's Don Catrin de la Fachenda

University of Arkansas Honors Thesis Committee
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

Oct. 2012

Differentiating Instruction while Maximizing Instructional Time

Franklin Elementary--HISD

A faculty workshop I presented on small group instruction

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

Awards

1988  

Sturgis Fellowship

University of Arkansas--Fayetteville

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

1992

Outstanding Translation--Es que somos muy pobres

Translation workshop with Omar Pound (Princeton University)
2006

East Region Teacher of the Year

Eastwood Academy--Houston Independent School District
2007

Texas Achieve Grant

I was awarded a $50,000 grant from TEA for a proposal I wrote to build a distance learning lab.
20142017

TEA Distinction Designations

Awarded to Franklin Elementary in Academic Progress, Math and Science