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Summary

Leader with experience in education, organizational change, and equity. Deeply committed to improving the lives of marginalized and vulnerable community members. Always seeks to find the WHY to align decisions to organizational vision.

Work experience

July 2017Present

Principal and District Assessment Coordinator

John Clark Elementary and ROCORI Public Schools

Currently work as the principal at John Clark Elementary School supervising 130 students and 20 staff members. Additional duties include research/assessment and multilingual learning/equity director for the ROCORI district.

Jun 2016June 2017

Administrative Intern

Madison Elementary School in ISD 742, St. Cloud, MN

Worked as a principal intern at at school of 700 students and a staff of 50. Fulfilled the duties of the assistant principal. Worked closely with principal to implement the vision and mission of the district at the school level. 

Aug 2014May 2016

STEM Integration Specialist

Talahi Community School in ISD 742, St. Cloud, MN

Collaborated with teachers to implement inquiry and technology into their lessons. Provided job-embedded professional development in technology, math, reading, and science to teachers. 

Jul 2013Jul 2014

2nd Grade Teacher in the Talahi Academy

Talahi Community School in ISD 742, St. Cloud, MN

Co-taught a 2nd grade extended day/extended school year classroom. Conducted home visits with parents and students.

Sep 2012Jun 2013

Title 1 Teacher

East Salem Elementary in Salem City Schools, Salem, VA

Provided small group and individual support in reading and math to support struggling readers. Participated in district-wide Title 1 audit.

Aug 2007May 2012

3rd, 5th, and 6th Grade Teacher

Cordley Elementary School in USD 497, Lawrence, KS

Provided instruction as a classroom teacher at an English learner school. Provided staff development in current best practices and equity issues.

Aug 2006Jun 2007

4th Grade Teacher

Northern Hills Elementary in Onalaska School District, Onalaska, WI

Created and instructed lessons developed to reach diverse learners in a multicultural classroom. 

Education

Jul 2013Jul 2015

6th Year Program (K-12 Principal/Superintendent License)

St. Cloud State University

Courses in Educational Administration and Leadership leading to K-12 Principal and Superintendent licenses.

20072011

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Washburn University

Courses in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in literacy.

20082009

English as a Second Language Certification Courses

Kansas State University
Completed courses in English as a Second Lanuage Education.
20012005

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Courses in Curriculum and Instruction for elementary and middle school.

Presentations, Publications, and Awards

Self Regulation and Early Childhood Presentation for ROCORI kindergarten families, Spring 2018.

Impicit Bias Training for Madison Staff, Spring 2017.

District Discipline Policy School Board Presentation. Winter 2016

Summer Programming School Board Presentation, Fall 2016.

TIES Exceptional Teacher Award: St. Cloud Area Schools 2015.

What Can Marshmallows Teach Us About Our Students?: Presented current research, best practices, and action steps for building perseverance and grit in the classroom at at district-wide Choices Professional Development Day in St. Cloud, MN. Winter 2015..

Home Visits: Presented reflections, research, and actions steps to conduct home visits with students to build rapport and increase parental involvement to staff at Talahi Community School in St. Cloud, MN. Fall 2014.

Carlson, C., Court, S., & Rettig, M. (2014). Is the Pen Mightier than the Blog?: Comparing 3rd Graders' Response Journals to Paper and Pencil Response Journals Kansas Journal of Reading, 29, 10-17.

Is the Pen Mightier than the Blog?: Presented findings from action research, as well as, other current research on using blogs in the classroom to improve student writing at the Kansas Reading Association Annual Convention in Emporia, Kansas. Spring 2011.

Boys and Books: Presented findings from an independent study to a graduate course at Washburn University in Topeka, KS on examining the challenges of teaching literacy to males.

Courageous Conversations: Worked on a presentation team to facilitate staff meetings discussing equity and closing the achievement gap at Cordley Elementary School in Lawrence, KS. 2010-2012.

Certifications

20172019

District Superintendent

State of Minnesota Department of Education
20162019

Principal K-12

State of Minnesota Department of Education
20142019

Elementary Education Grades 1-6

State of Minnesota Department of Education
20142019

Communication Arts/Literature Grades 5-8

State of Minnesota Department of Education