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Education Solutions

Tigris LLC
Tigris is an education solutions company offering a wide range of products and services in support of communities that are dedicated to powerful learning. Clients include: traditional public schools, charter schools, independent schools (both in the US and overseas), educational publishing and software companies, consulting groups.
20082009

Deputy Head of School

ACS Cobham International School
  • Accomplishments:
    • Improved K-12 curriculum development process by adopting US national standards, creating a school-specific method of coding and using standards, streamlining course overview process; developed and facilitated curriculum audits in Social Studies, Language Arts, Health and Physical Education.
    • Analyzed K-12 assessment procedures and instituted comprehensive, vertically aligned approach by implementing MAP diagnostic assessment and unified grade / discipline specific standards aligned assessment.
    • Developed administrative workshops on assessment for learning with Charlotte Danielson.
  • Management duties included:
    • Supervised personnel and operations in the following areas: Curriculum and Assessment, Information Technology, Health + Safety, Facilities, and Boarding divisions of a pre-K to 12th grade International School of 1,500 students; budget of £12 million.
    • Designed and delivered professional development approaches for using data to inform instruction and institution-wide decision-making.
    • Developed recommendations for hiring procedures and effective processes for teacher evaluation.
20052008

Curriculum Supervisor

Wissahickon School District
  • Accomplishments:
    • Managed and implemented district-wide master elementary schedule.
    • Managed and implemented K-5 Progress report revision and move to standards-referenced assessment.
    • Managed and implemented district-wide standards-referenced assessment system.
    • Developed and facilitated curriculum reviews in Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education.
  • Management duties included:
    • Supervised education curriculum and implementation for six district elementary schools (2,000+ students, 200 teachers, 6 principals); teacher supervision and support; district budget of $84 million.
    • Designed and delivered professional development for K-12 teachers; Induction Program for incoming teachers focusing on the use of backwards design, differentiation, and 21st century learning skills.
    • Designed and delivered professional development for data driven instruction using Performance Tracker.
    • Designed and facilitated educational technology implementations district-wide (including smart board integration, 1:1 initiatives, web-based curriculum mapping, web-based student information and reporting system, web-based assessment preparation, web-based mathematics practice for students).
    • Supported Superintendent’s office on various projects including: Teacher association relations, district strategic planning, policy development, marketing and public relations, grant writing, facilitation, and implementation.
19952005

Curriculum Associate

School District of Cheltenham Township
  • Accomplishments:
    • Wrote and became finalist for PA “Digital School District” grant.
    • Developed and facilitated curriculum reviews in Social Studies and Mathematics.
    • Developed and facilitated a partnership with Arcadia University to connect elementary teachers and pre-service educators to develop curriculum-based technology activities.
    • Wrote and produced “Road Map to Graduation” and other informational items for the school district.
    • Facilitated curriculum presentation for Middle States Accreditation using a web-based environment; created promotional materials for presentation.
    • Piloted and evaluated web-based Curriculum Writing Initiative; designed and delivered professional development for K-12 teachers. (Rubicon Atlas)
    • Piloted and evaluated MyAccess (online writing assessment) and Homeroom.com (web-based PSSA prep).
    • Wrote district’s 3-year Technology Plan.
  • Management Duties included:
    • Coordinator – International Baccalaureate (MYP)
    • Designed professional development for teachers and administrators countywide; managed in-service activities for professional days.
    • Developed and maintained school district website.

Classroom Teacher / Educational Technology Specialist 

Teacher in grades K, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12

19841995

Art Director

Various

Related experience in the business world, including full-time positions with:The Brownstein Group, Philadelphia, PA, Senior Art DirectorOgilvy & Mather, New York, NY, Art DirectorMcGraw-Hill Publishing, New York, NY, Art DirectorDeveloped award-winning print and television advertising and promotional campaigns for clients such as American Express, Smith Barney, Travel & Leisure magazine, Hershey resorts, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Magazine. Presented creative work to clients. Supervised production of approved work, maintaining budget control. Performed client/agency liaison duties. Supervised support staff. Negotiated usage fees, rights, and contracts.

Education

2005

EdD

Dissertation Title: "Are We There Yet? A study of K-12 Teachers' Efforts at Technology Integration."

1995

MSEd

Skills

Professional Supervision of employees
Grant writing and administration
Curriculum Review/Audits
Digital Storytelling
Use of photography, video, and audio to tell a compelling story via print or the web.
Educational Professional Development
Diagnostic Assessment to Inform Instruction
Educational Technology Integration
Curriculum Development and Supervision

References

Tom Lehman

Dr. Alan Rothman

Dr. Ann Appolloni

Dr. Stanley Durtan

Nancy Jenkins

Interests

Portfolio

Publications

Certifications

  • Superintendent Letter of Eligibility
  • K-12 Curriculum and Instruction Supervision
  • K-12 Principal
  • Instructional - Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Professional Development

Design, development, and facilitation of workshops/trainings for administrators, teachers, school boards, and community members.

Topics include:

  • Curriculum development and standards alignment.
  • Enhancing professional practice by using the Danielson Framework for Teaching.
  • School budget audits to reduce costs and enhance learning via BYOT programs.
  • Instructional change through critical data analysis.
  • Elementary scheduling reform.
  • Use of Read/Write web tools both to Get Things Done and improve instructional programs.

About me ...

After a decade in marketing as an award-winning art director, I changed careers, earning my MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania and becoming a teacher. Within ten years, I earned a Penn doctorate in teaching and learning and became a curriculum and instructional technology guru, leaving the classroom to work as a curriculum supervisor, education director, and deputy head of an international school.Passionate about meaningful educational change, I am a co-founder of Tigris LLC, an education solutions company offering a wide range of products and services in support of communities that are dedicated to powerful learning.