I've been blessed to have participated in a variety of positions as a teacher, curriculum director, and instructional coach. Although the work can be challenging at times, I find working with children and teachers to be a very rewarding experience.
I blend cooperative learning (to engage every student) with collaborative learning (to encourage critical thinking) and social-emotional learning (so students can turn challenges into opportunities for success). I'm particularly excited about inquiry-based learning as I've experienced first hand the dramatic rise in achievement scores that occurs when using this methodology. As an instructional coach I was able to increase the Performance Index of an urban high school drop out prevention and recovery program by 12 points in less than one year-as opposed to an increase of 1.5 points across the country in the same year.
Governor's Award for Academic Achievement: Detroit, MI, working with urban youth; Graduated from my Doctoral program in Educational Administration with honors; Honorary Guest Speaker, Mid-Western Educational Research Association, speaking on the topic of the impact of teacher expectations on student achievement.
I am the youngest of five children and a first generation college graduate. I worked my way through school and paid for my own education; as a result I identify with the challenges of lower economic families and the opportunities provided through the power of education. My passion is to integrate education to enhance the lives of teachers, school leaders, students, and their families...as I, myself, have experienced.
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