I am a mom of two teenagers and have been an educator for over 20 years. I've served as an American and International School teacher, Primary School Curriculum Coordinator, Mathematics Consultant, Grant Writer, Department Head, and Parent Teacher Group President. I have experience with American Curriculum, the International Baccalaureate, and National Curriculum of England. Over the last 10 years I have lived on three different continents in three different countries each with very different cultures. I understand the challenges and benefits of raising and educating children abroad. I provide resources to families, teachers, schools and businesses so that not only do children start their expatriate journey on the right foot, they learn and grow from the experience.
I believe that when you empower children to learn and lead, they actually do!
Authored and awarded multiple grants including Purple Loosestrife Project (partnership with Michigan State University) and Michigan Middle School Mathematics Reform Project (MMMRP-partnership with Central Michigan University).
2007 – 2008 MA, K-12 Educational Leadership, Michigan State University, State of Michigan Administrative Certificate 1996 – 1998 MA, Middle School Curriculum/Mathematics, Eastern Michigan University 1989 – 1992 BS, Elementary Education, Cum Laude; Mathematics/Science, Eastern Michigan University Professional Education Certificate: Elementary K-5 all subjects, K-8 Self-Contained Classroom, Math (EX), Science (DX) 6-8
• Worked collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team in the development and implementation of the YCIS Pudong Primary Strategic Plan • Led school curriculum planning, design, articulation, implementation and review; ensured alignment with accreditation standards, school mission, philosophy and objectives • Directed implementation of PowerSchool including standards-based grading, development of new report card and staff training • Led development and implementation of Technology Integration Plan • Directed year-level assessment program, worked with teams to analyze assessment data and identified school improvement goals • Promoted professional collaboration through team planning structures and the development of standards-based units and common assessments • Supervised year-level planning including yearly and semester overviews to ensure vertical and horizontal alignment • Coordinated and oversaw the reporting process- student led conferences, portfolios and school reports • Supervised staff and conducted staff appraisals • Supported development of internationally-minded interdisciplinary units through Understanding by Design and collaborative planning • Communicated curriculum to parents and staff through development of Parent Curriculum Guide, Staff Curriculum Handbook, bi-weekly curriculum newsletter and blog • Led staff professional development, staff meetings and parent curriculum workshops • Developed and coordinated the mentoring program for new teachers • Established a leveled book room and implemented guided reading as a regular part of English instruction. • Coordinated State and Federal grants for Pinckney Community Schools. • Mathematics Consultant for Livingston/Washtenaw Mathematics and Science Center • Designed and co-led four-year staff professional development program for Pinckney Community Schools Middle School Mathematics Teachers in conjunction with our participation in the MMMRP. • Worked collaboratively to create, plan, and coordinate the ISW 5th grade PYP Exhibition to ensure broad-based involvement of staff, parents, local community members, and international businesses leaders/organizations. • Developed and implemented plan to promote internationalism at ISW that increased both parent and student involvement and strengthened cross-cultural relationships across the school community.