2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year turned elementary principal with a passion for education equity and teacher quality
-Interactive - Student centered
• White House Fellowship Regional Finalist, United States President’s Commission, 2015 • Lowell Milken Unsung Heroes Fellow, Lowell Milken Center, 2015 • Arkansas Teacher of the Year, Arkansas Department of Education, 2014 • Finalist Arkansas Teacher of the Year, Arkansas Department of Education, 2014 • Palestine Wheatley School District Teacher of the Year, Palestine Wheatley School District, 2014 • Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice, National Honor Roll, 2014 • Most Improved Literacy Scores in Arkansas (5 Year Trend), Arkansas Office of Education Policy, 2012, 2014 • Most Improved Literacy Scores in Arkansas (Year to Year), Arkansas Office of Education Policy, 2011-2012 • Literacy scores ranked 1st in Arkansas for high poverty schools, Arkansas Office of Education Policy, 2014 • Literacy scores ranked 2nd in Arkansas for high poverty schools, Arkansas Office of Education Policy, 2013 • Literacy scores ranked 3rd in Arkansas for high poverty schools, Arkansas Office of Education Policy, 2011, 2012 • Teach for America Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award, Nominee, 2012 • South Carolina Honors Washington Fellow, 2009 • South Carolina Honors Semester Fellow, 2008 • James Roy Prince Scholar, 2008 • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2008 • Golden Key Scholar, 2008
-University of South Carolina- B.A. Political Science -Arkansas Tech University- M.A.Educational Leadership -Arkansas Tech University- EDD Educational Leadership (2018)
Professional Experience: Baseline Academy, Turnaround Principal, 2015-Present Little Rock School District, Little Rock, AR Plan, direct, and manage the daily operations of an elementary school labeled as academically distressed by the Arkansas Department of Education. Baseline Academy is approximately 99% Free/Reduced Lunch and 58% English language Learners. Scope of the position includes: staff recruitment, development, and evaluation; fiscal management; record and administration organization and maintenance; student discipline; program initiatives; team building; shared decision-making through distributed leadership; school values promotion; advisory council coordination; and creation of a safe, respectful, and fair environment. • School increased student enrollment by 26% in the first year of turnaround • As part of a district decision to reconstitute Baseline Academy, I hired 40 new faculty and staff members • School decreased the total number of student absences by 110% while simultaneously gaining 70 new students. • Management of $5.6 million School Improvement Grant (SIG) • Created a comprehensive English language Learner (ELL) program that includes transition classrooms for struggling ELLs • Created a comprehensive system for analyzing data and making instructional decisions for the school, grade, and individual classroom levels. Arkansas Teacher of the Year, 2014-2015 Arkansas Department of Education, Little Rock, AR • Selected through rigorous merit-based state-wide process to represent the 33,983 public school teachers in Arkansas • Provide professional development to school districts and educational entities across the state of Arkansas • Provided policy recommendations to both the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas State Legislature on topics of leadership restructuring, professional development, and funding. • Youngest Teacher of the Year in Arkansas history • Created an in-depth video series entitled Profiles in Teacher Leadership to highlight teaching excellence across the state of Arkansas Arkansas State Board of Education, Board Member, 2014-2015 Arkansas Department of Education, Little Rock, AR • Oversee decision making that ensures that all children in the state of Arkansas have access to a high quality education by providing educators, administrators and staff with leadership, resources and training. • Serve as the Board Liaison for statewide teacher training and retention Arkansas Exemplary Educators Network (AEEN), Chairman, 2014- Present • Manage an advisory group which reports directly to the Arkansas Commissioner of Education regarding education issues; the network assists school districts, educational organizations and affiliates through speaking engagements, policy discussions, and research. • Increased membership by 130% in the low SES regions of Arkansas • Youngest chairman in organization’s history Literacy Facilitator, 6th-12th grades, 2013-2015 Palestine Wheatley School District, Palestine, AR • Selection based on performance as a literacy instructor. On the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing Assessment and Accountability Program (ACTAAP) my students achieved the highest rate of academic growth in the state of Arkansas. • Coach teachers in all content areas concerning literacy strategies and rigor • Craft curriculum and professional development plans for entire school district Teacher: 11th grade English, 12th grade English AP, Oral Communication, and Drama, 2010- 2015 Palestine Wheatley High School, Palestine AR • Students grew from 36% proficiency to 92% proficiency on the Arkansas state literacy exam. This was the highest proficiency rate in school history and the highest in eastern Arkansas. • Students averaged 5.6 points growth on American College Test (ACT) • Students grew an average of 2.8 years in their reading levels • Directed the first school play at Palestine Wheatley High School in 27 years Girls Basketball Coach, 2010- 2013 Palestine Wheatley High School, Palestine, AR Arkansas Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (ACSIP) Coordinator, 2011-2014 Palestine Wheatley High School, Palestine, AR • Draft and monitor the ACSIP for Palestine Wheatley School District. I collaborate with all departments to manage a school improvement model that demonstrates a holistic and results-driven approach to student achievement. • Management and facilitation of over $700,000 in yearly funding School Leadership Team, Founding Member, 2010-2015 Palestine Wheatley High School, Palestine, AR • One of three teacher leaders selected by the building level principal to focus on improving school policies and effectiveness through data collection and collaboration. • Implemented content based PLCs, data disaggregation, book campaigns for improved school wide literacy, employee and student of the month programs, and community outreach projects. • Completed classroom observations and coaching of fellow teachers. English Language Arts, Department Chairman, 2011- 2015 Palestine Wheatley High School, Palestine, AR • Lead department meetings to discuss planning and facilitation of instruction • Conduct coaching in areas of instruction, classroom management, and planning • Coordinate with middle school ELA teachers to ensure vertical integration of curriculum • Manage ELA professional development and curriculum design Achievement First Teaching Resident, 2011 Achievement First Brooklyn High School, Brooklyn, New York • Led remediated 9th graders to 100% proficiency on New York state Regents objectives. Students were able to advance to 10th grade English.