Professional Experience

Superintendent
Beecher Community School District

Flint, MI

Dec 2017- Present

Superintendent

  • Aggressive student retention and recruitment through highly effective recruitment strategies.
  • Immediate daily and long-term needs assessment from teachers, principals, parents, school board members, and community organizations.
  • Continuous meetings with Beecher Stakeholders frequently to establish academic desires and new programming ideas to prepare students for 21st Century success.
  • Strengthen the process of sharing best instructional practices among current Beecher educators through open lines of communication, collaboration, professional development, and professional learning communities.
  • Comprehensive school district health, safety, and security analysis.
  • Effective and efficient use of all resources through streamlining and strategic spending for maximum student achievement.
  • Aggressive recruitment of highly qualified and certified teachers to fill all open teaching vacancies.
  • Positive marketing and highlighting the unique attributes of the district through continuous advertising.
  • Facilitating the initial curriculum alignment of all K-12 core subject areas.
  • Successfully negotiating employment contracts of key educator groups in the district to improve the educational foundation for all students.
  • Initial implementation of the A.L.I.C.E. Program to foster a safer learning environment for all students and staff within the district.

DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
EDISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

DETROIT, MI

JUL 2013 – NOV 2017

PRINCIPAL

  • Successfully implemented the first of three Montessori Programs in the district to provide differentiated curriculum and unprecedented instructional options.
  • Supports student achievement, succession, and retention through the execution of effective instructional, organizational, and administrative leadership of Title I school.
  • Promotes the professional development and growth of teachers by coordinating continuing education workshops. Also administers teacher evaluations to uncover opportunities for corrective actions as well as process and quality improvements.
  • Oversees student standardized test evaluations and data analysis to determine levels of student proficiency, advancement, and achievement.
  • Committed to ensuring academic rigor and high expectations for all students while also modeling leadership skills required for academic school.
  • Leads and guides top-performing elementary school teachers within a dynamic, fair, and transparent working environment promoting professional development and a community vision of academic excellence, positivity, and collaborative teamwork.
  • One of 13 principals to maintain the Success for All Reading Program which emphasizes cooperative learning and differentiated instruction.

DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CHRYSLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

DETROIT, MI

AUG 2012 – JUN 2013

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL/ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT ADMINISTRATOR

  • Proved vital to retention and succession of teachers by facilitating professional development workshops.
  • Conducted performance evaluations as well as data analysis techniques to inform instructional leadership modifications to boost student learning.
  • Initiated and implemented change management strategies by leading school improvement workshops according to research-based best practices in the field of curriculum, instruction, and learning.
  • Innovated and coordinated enriching student extracurricular activities to promote the social, physical, academic, and psychological development of students.
  • Conducted standardized test evaluations according to district-mandated guidelines and requirements.
  • Identified and developed a school-wide and individual plan for underperforming students.
  • Collaborated effectively with teachers and other school-based personnel to develop and implement individual student support plans.
  • Designed and implemented instructional activities, materials, and strategies in classrooms, workshops, summer programs, and other appropriate settings in an effort to support targeted students.

DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
OFFICE OF SOCIAL STUDIES

DETROIT, MI

APR 2012 – AUG 2012

INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALIST

  • Researched, designed, and deployed a variety of enriching, professional development workshops, seminars, and activities to enhance proficiency and performance of educators.
  • Conducted district-wide social studies workshops, student activities, and competitions to stimulate intellectual exchange and engagement in social studies academic curriculum.
  • Mentored, evaluated, coached, and trained teachers on the implementation of leading-edge teaching methodologies in the field of social studies.

DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CLIPPERT ACADEMY

DETROIT, MI

NOV 2010 – APR 2012

8TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER & EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION INTERN

  • Took leadership initiative to serve on various leadership positions including the School Improvement Team, Community Outreach Team, and Social Studies Olympiad Team.
  • Designed and delivered engaging social studies teaching curriculum and differentiated instruction for eighth grade students.
  • Catalyzed a higher degree of parental involvement through the use of weekly progress reports and telephone calls.
  • Persuaded students to take responsibility for their academic growth and advancement, overcame objections to daily lesson plans, and captured student interest in advancing academic achievements.
  • Garnered positive feedback and high performance scores for presenting state-designated curriculum with creativity; held student attention with dynamic presentation and public speaking talents.
  • Exercised leadership in building school reputation, community support, and level of academic excellence.

DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
COLUMBUS MIDDLE SCHOOL

DETROIT, MI

SEP 2003 – JUN 2005

8TH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHER & HEAD BASKETBALL COACH

  • Taught students the fundamentals of eighth grade language arts core curriculum. Also took initiative to serve as the Language Arts Department Leader for Professional Development Enrichment Courses.
  • Improved MEAP test scores by 9% in compliance with the Adequate Yearly Progress requirements.
  • Reduced student discipline rate by 11% by implementing consistent discipline management and behavioral modification tactics for over 30+ students.
  • Established and maintained positive relationships with students, parents, and staff members to foster positive relationships and open communication.
  • Achieved parental appreciation and school-wide recognition for overcoming barriers to learning, providing tools for classroom success, and boosting comprehension for special education students.
  • Drove needs assessment and background reviews to design customized lesson plans for individual students.
  • Promoted athletic development, physical health, collaborative teamwork, and community development by coaching middle school basketball team.

DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BURROUGHS MIDDLE SCHOOL

DETROIT, MI

SEPT 2001 – JUN 2003

8TH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHER & ASSISTANT BASKETBALL COACH

  • Taught students the fundamentals of eighth grade core curriculum.
  • Garnered recognition by receiving the “Spirit of Detroit Award” (May 2003) in recognition of outstanding leadership, exceptional achievement, and dedication to improving the quality of life of students.
  • Improved behavioral issues by devising and implementing an efficient classroom management system to enable students to comprehend consequences and rewards for actions.
  • Modified curriculum for special needs students to foster an all-inclusive learning environment.
  • Participated in on-going professional development and continuing education to attain continuous improvement in teaching assistance.

DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SCRIPPS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

DETROIT, MI

SEP 2000 – JUN 2001

4TH GRADE TEACHER OF ALL SUBJECTS & HEAD BASKETBALL COACH

  • Instructed fourth grade students in the rudiments of curriculum that includes Reading, Math, History, English, Science, and Social Studies.
  • Received “Spirit of Detroit Award” (June 2001) in recognition of outstanding leadership, exceptional achievement, and dedication to improving the quality of life of diverse students.
  • Improved students’ reading and writing skills by providing individual tutorial sessions during prep period as well as before and after school.
  • Mentored at-risk students to foster positive thinking and to gain respect and trust to ensure a classroom environment conducive to learning.
  • Brought students from below grade level to grade level standards in reading comprehension by creating fun, unorthodox learning methods and promoting more parental involvement with homework assignments.

SOUTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
EISENHOWER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SOUTHFIELD, MI

OCT 2008 – JUN 2010

3RD GRADE AND 4TH GRADE TEACHER OF ALL SUBJECTS

  • Instructed third and fourth-grade students in the rudiments of curriculum including reading, math, history, English, science and social studies.
  • Displayed passionate commitment to student learning with a positive attitude, drive for personal excellence, and ability to motivate and challenge students in orderly classroom environment.
  • Employed effective and innovative tactics in working with underperforming and/or challenged students.

SOUTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
STEVENSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SOUTHFIELD, MI

OCT 2007 – JUN 2008

5TH GRADE TEACHER OF ALL SUBJECTS

  • Instructed fifth grade students in the rudiments of curriculum including reading, math, history, English and social studies.
  • Identified students’ challenges and develop curriculum to accommodate various learning styles to maximize comprehension in a classroom of 25 + students.
  • Maintained productive learning environments by stating classroom rules, establishing student-focused two-way communication that empowered students to enjoy the learning process and enforced necessary classroom management techniques.
  • Drove needs assessment and background reviews to design customized lesson plans for individual students. Implemented Common Core units of study in general education and special classes.

DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOLS
STONE MOUNTAIN MIDDLE SCHOOL

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA

AUG 2006 – MAY 2007

8TH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHER, ASSISTANT BASKETBALL COACH, AND SPELLING BEE COORDINATOR

  • Taught students the fundamentals of eighth grade language arts core curriculum.
  • Provided assessment of student learning abilities and implemented instruction to meet individual student needs.
  • Used unconventional methods and resources to educate students in grammar, spelling, and reading comprehension.
  • Enhanced multicultural appreciation among students by incorporating diversity awareness into appropriate curriculum.
  • Received Certificates of Appreciation for contributions to the 21st Century Program as well as to the Parent Teacher Student Association.

ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
JEAN CHILDS YOUNG MIDDLE SCHOOL

ATLANTA, GA

AUG 2005 – MAY 2006

8TH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHER, ASSISTANT BASKETBALL COACH, AND SPELLING BEE COORDINATOR

  • Taught students the fundamentals of eighth grade language arts core curriculum.
  • Collaborated with faculty members, attended staff meetings and participated in all school-sponsored activities and special events.
  • Worked with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to improve spelling skills in preparation for the District Spelling Bee.
  • Improved CRCT test scores by 7% in compliance with “No Child Left Behind” requirements.
  • Managed vast body of students with varying ages, backgrounds, and grade levels in diverse settings including classrooms, halls, cafeterias, schoolyards, gymnasiums, and on field trips.
  • Designed and delivered Common Core-aligned units of study while also preparing and proctoring diverse students for GA state assessments.