I am a leadership coach and educational consultant. I was a classroom teacher for ten years, a principal for eleven years, and a Director of Teaching and Learning for four years. I am also an author and adjunct college professor. You will typically find me coaching and offering support for teachers, principals, and other administrators or conducting professional learning in schools and conferences.
Classroom management is critical to success in teaching. It is essential to build relationships with students and be consistent in your routines and procedures. We need to embrace the 21st century skills, especially the 4 C's: creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. Teachers appreciate administrators who practice shared leadership and students thrive when they are guided to be self directed learners.
I have been fortunate to work with so many quality educators and we elevate each other to move forward and achieve success. I was recognized in my district as the outstanding new teacher and nominated for the Sally Mae National Teaching Award. My school and district were have been awarded numerous grants to assist teaching and learning. I have been fortunate to have been speaking for years to educators throughout the country and asked to present internationally. I have two books published and games for teachers. I am Founder of iFireUP, LLC that offers graduate credit to teachers and administrators for our courses.
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - mathematics major and ELA minor - Master's Degree in Educational Leadership - Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership
Dr. Dorothy VanderJagt, founder of iFireUP, is a very popular speaker who is well known for developing energizing, educational workshops that provide educators with practical strategies for immediate use. She has also conducted numerous workshops, in-services for schools, and presented at state and national conferences. She has worked with students, teachers, and administrators as a teacher, department chair, team leader, mentor,administrator, consultant and college professor. Dorothy was a teacher for ten years, a principal for eleven years, and the the Director of Teaching and Learning at Kent Intermediate School District for four years. She co-directed the Northern Exposure to Middle Level Education Conference in Frankenmuth, Michigan, for five years and has been the director of the Michigan Education Conference for twelve years. Dorothy has published research on problems facing schools today, leadership, and curriculum strategies. She has developed educational games, on-line courses, and is co-author of two popular books WOW, What a Team! and Fire Up for Learning! and author of Direction Connection and Math Connection.