Career

EDUCATION

  • Educational Doctorate Candidate, University of Georgia, Educational Leadership                2015- 2018
  • Educational Specialist, Valdosta State University, Instructional Technology                              2015
  • Educational Specialist, Georgia College, Educational Leadership                                                  2014
  • Master of Education, Georgia State University, Education                                                               2011
  • Bachelor of Science, Georgia State University, Education                                                                 2010

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Assistant Principal
Bear Creek Middle School (Fulton County Schools)                                                                               2015-Present

Bear Creek is a comprehensive, Title I middle school (grades 6-8) with 1,200 students and 100+ staff members. The school was a member of the district’s 1st Personalized Learning cohort with a 1:1 device initiative and is recognized as one of the country’s few Microsoft Showcase Schools. The school recently increased 9 points on the state performance index.

As an Assistant Principal, I am responsible for building the capacity of instructional staff members, developing professional development series, teacher and staff evaluation, managing all technology integration efforts, and overseeing school functions and operations. My instructional leadership has led to the distinction as the district’s South Learning Community (SLC) 2017-18 Assistant Principal of the Year (30 schools)

Instructional Leadership

  • Guided and restructured Professional Learning Communities founded on Data-Driven Instructional Practices and team collaboration
  • Supported and developed leadership capacity for 8th Grade Teachers and Science Department
  • Served as 2017 Summer School Principal which yielded 9% increase in state assessment pass rate.
  • Increased High School Physical Science EOC pass rate by 14%
  • Increased High School Physical Science EOC proficiency rate by 39%
  • Increased 8th Grade Physical Science pass rate by 12%
  • Utilized backwards design model and Driven by Data framework to enhance curriculum pacing guides
  • Successfully implemented lesson coaching and feedback protocol to increase differentiated instruction and academic rigor
  • Successfully developed personalized learning instructional model to transition teachers to effectively deliver instruction in digital learning environments
  • Created and implemented lesson plan rubric to improve instructional planning and assessment practices

Professional Development

  • Developed and organized largest school-led Microsoft Redefining Learning Conference in U.S. history over past 2 school years-1,600+ attendees and 150+ presenters
    • Organized presentations, vendors, funding, branding, and digital marketing
  • Created a professional development framework which yielded a national feature story from the U.S. Office of Educational Technology
  • Utilized and analyzed teacher evaluation data to differentiate professional development for over 80 teachers
  • Created and shared online platform to store and share professional development resources
  • Gathered and analyzed data to develop personalized learning professional development plan which later became adopted by multiple schools within the district.
  • Served as a district virtual coach to support incoming teachers implement effective instructional strategies

Instructional Technology

  • Led Professional Development Series that led to recognition as the only middle school in the state to have 100% of instructional staff certified as Microsoft Innovative Educators
  • Successfully launched paperless school initiative which garnered national recognition
  • Modeled and facilitated BEST practices for technology integration for district instructional technology team members from 30 schools while serving as regional team lead
  • Served on district Personalized Learning Steering Committee to support multiple departments and cabinet members in key decision making

Operational Leadership

  • Developed and organized 1:1 device deployment model that yielded a 94% school-wide deployment rate
  • Decreased out of school suspension rate by 25.4% from SY 2015-16 to 2016-17
  • Decreased student discipline recidivism rate by 10% by providing restorative practices interventions
  • Decreased number of discipline referrals by 47% by providing effective behavior management strategies

Professional Learning Specialist  
Northwest Council for Computer Education                                                                                                        2016-Present

NCCE is a national training partner with Microsoft Education located in the Western United States. As a Professional Learning Specialist (PLS), I am contracted to consult and deliver training to school districts, colleges, and conferences around the country. My unique experience as a school administrator led to the creation of the Innovative School Leader Academy, which was featured at several conferences.

Professional Development Training

  • Developed curriculum and customized training activities to meet the needs of district executives and administrators
  • Selected among an elite group of trainers to present latest tools in educational technology with field experts and 21st century school leaders
  • Received excellent ratings on training session exit surveys

Dean of Students
Langston Hughes High School (Fulton County Schools)                                                                                     2014-2015

Langston Hughes is a comprehensive, Title I high school (grades 9-12) with 1,800 students and 150+ staff members. I served as the primary 9th grade administrator with a caseload of 600 students, 89% African-American, 73% economically disadvantaged.

  • Supported and developed leadership capacity for 9th Grade Teachers
  • Provided effective instructional support that led to 24% increase in 9th grade students qualifying for the honor roll
  • Developed and assisted in the implementation of Title I School Improvement Plans.
  • Led and designed peer teaching observation program using teacher evaluation system data

Online Adjunct Professor
Atlanta Metropolitan State College                                                                                                                          2012-Present

  • Taught and built and web-based courses using the University System of Georgia’s learning management systems-Desire2Learn, BrightSpace, and Blackboard
  • Facilitated professional development workshops for college faculty members
  • Effectively utilized research-based standards to engage learners and meet institutional objectives
  • Collaborated with Education Testing Service to develop test questions for GACE educator licensure assessment

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

Elementary Teacher                                   
A. Philip Randolph Elementary School (Fulton County Schools)                                                                    2011-2014

  • Selected as 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year

Youth Counselor                                                                                                                                                 2014

  • Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS

Co-Author, Next in Line to Lead: The Voice of the Assistant Principal (Volume 1), 2017

Federal Office of Educational Technology Feature-Professional Development Series, June 2017

Microsoft Office Blog Feature-Professional Development Series, June 2017

Microsoft Office Blog Feature-Paperless School Initiative, June 2016

Panelist, International Society of Technology Education Conference, June 2017
Training Facilitator, Microsoft Education Academies and Seminars, 2016-2018

  • Locations: Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, S. Carolina, Maryland

Presenter, Building Our Future Conference, Fulton County Schools, July 2016 & July 2017
Presenter, National ASCD Conference, April 2016
Presenter, Innovative School Leader Academy, NCCE Conference, March 2017
Presenter, Innovative School Leader Academy, Fulton County Schools, 2016-17

AWARDS AND HONORS

Assistant Principal of the Year, Fulton County Schools-South Region, 2017-18
Georgia State University Top 40 Under 40 Alumni Award, 2018
Carroll Wade McGuffey Award, University of Georgia, 2018
National Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award, Boy Scouts of America, 2017
Educator of the Month, U.S. Microsoft Education Team, 2016
Teacher of the Year, Fulton County Schools-Randolph Elementary School, 2012-13

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Venture Crew Leader, Atlanta Area Council-Crew 1981, 2011-2017
Merit Badge Counselor, Atlanta Area Council-Crew 1981, 2011-2017
Kappa Man of the Year, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.-College Park, GA Alumni Chapter, 2012

CREDENTIALS AND CERTIFICATES

Educational Leadership Certificate, PRL-6, Tier II, Georgia Professional Standards Commission
Instructional Technology Certificate, SRS-6, Georgia Professional Standards Commission
School Turnaround Program Participant, University of Virginia PLE-Cohort 14, 2017-18
Microsoft Surface Master Trainer, 1 of 30 U.S. Trainers, Microsoft Education, 2018
Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, 1 of 350 U.S. Experts, Microsoft Education, 2016
Microsoft Office Specialist-OneNote, Microsoft Education, 2016