Professional Profile

As a dedicated leader my career emphasis is on cultivating leadership skills in others to ensure continued growth and excellence in education. With 9 years of leadership experience I have learned that a growth mindset and developing positive relationships are the key components to achieving success. I am committed to and passionate about growing leaders and ensuring that all students have access to a free and appropriate public education.


License Number: PGP-0662504

Special Education, General Curriculum K-12
Family and Human Services
School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA)
* taken January 21st, 2017; Passed


Old Dominion UniversityNorfolk, VA
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) — Educational Leadership
May 2020Expected 
Cumulative GPA: 3.97

Old Dominion UniversityNorfolk, VA
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) — Educational Leadership in Administration & Supervision May 2017
Cumulative GPA: 3.95

Liberty UniversityLynchburg, VA
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) — Special EducationMay 2014
Cumulative GPA: 3.97

Eastern Mennonite UniversityHarrisonburg, VA
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration with a Minor in MusicMay 2010

Professional Experience

Churchland High School Portsmouth, VA
Assistant PrincipalJuly, 2017 – Present

  • Promote student achievement, attendance, and adjustment conducive to school success.
  • 10th Grade and Special Education Discipline
  • Special Education Administrator (LEA)
  • Supervise the following Departments: Fine and Performing Arts, Special Education, English
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of school staff. Provide appropriate staff professional development and growth opportunities.
  • Establish and provide leadership to the school improvement team with appropriate composition that develops, implements, monitors, evaluates, and redefines the school improvement plan.
  • Provide leadership to school staff through regular classroom visits, conferences, and meetings with special focus on the development and retention of new teachers.
  • Provide leadership to school staff in improving the school climate by reducing incidence of violence and in school and out of suspensions.
  • Develop and implement an effective communication system to include parents, community members, school employees, students, and the Chief of Schools.
  • Perform and promote all activities in compliance with equal employment and nondiscrimination policies; follow federal laws, state laws, school boards policies and the professional standards.

South Eastern Cooperative Education Programs (SECEP) Norfolk, VA
Educational Specialist for Extended School YearJuly – August, 2016

  • Assisted the principal with supervision of teachers and classroom staff by providing, supervisory feedback on the performance of teachers and other classroom staff aligned with each position’s appraisal standards
  • Identified, analyzed, and resolved instructional problems using effective problem-solving techniques in collaboration with the teacher and classroom staff
  • Supervised the instructional programs of the school, evaluating lesson plans and observing classes on a regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and child growth and development
  • Monitored classroom procedures and schedules to assist teachers in maximizing on-task learning time for all students and to ensure a safe, positive learning environment
  • Assisted teachers with the development and implementation of individual and/or group behavioral intervention plans that addressed the function of each student’s targeted behavior
  • Assisted Summer Program teachers and staff with the physical arrangement of classroom space, preparation of instructional tasks, setup of Individualized Education Program (IEP) data collection documents, and review of existing behavioral intervention plans

Special Education Teacher (Multiple Disabilities)
August 2014 – June 2017

  • Reintegrated 42% of my special education caseload back into their respective public schools
  • Differentiate instruction daily to meet the diverse needs of students
  • Reduced incidents of suspension by 35% through implementation of restorative practices and peer mediation
  • Enhanced student performance in reading through the implementation of the Read 180 blended learning approach and data-driven instruction, with many students increasing their Lexile score by 75-125 points
  • Conducted Individual Educational Program (IEP) meetings with leadership team members to review student progress
  • Incorporated technology and other instructional resources to promote the development of critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and real-world applications
  • Facilitated professional developments on positive behavioral intervention strategies to improve classroom behavior management
  • Led professional developments on research-based testing strategies to help students improve their performance on technology-enhanced questions on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests

Model Re-ED New Teacher Trainer
August 2015, August 2016

  • Co-facilitated training for new teachers in understanding the philosophy behind the Re-ED program (Re-Education is a philosophical basis for working with children and youth who have emotional and/or behavioral disorders)
  • Taught a differentiated lesson on the founder of the Re-ED program, Nicholas Hobbs, exemplifying how to teach a lesson that incorporates different learning styles and accommodations

Hampton City Schools Administrative CenterHampton, VA
Central Office Internship (40 hours)March  2016

  • Interned with the Director of Information Literacy of Hampton City Schools
  • Attended meetings with the Assistant Superintendent and provided feedback on how Title I literacy should be approached through a division-wide lens
  • Shadowed the Principal of Lindsay Middle School and helped to conduct Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) centered on restoring the school’s accreditation in all math subjects

Specialized Youth Services of VA, Inc. (Shenandoah Academy)Harrisonburg, VA
Lead Behavioral SpecialistSeptember 2012 – June 2014

  • Eliminated student restraints from their previous average of twelve restraints per month
  • Developed strategies to follow through with student outbursts to prevent future incidents
  • Managed a team of six support staff and three crisis team members
  • Assisted the Program Manager with setting, implementing and enforcing policies related to student discipline
  • Managed daily operations, facilities, safety, and administrative processes as assigned
  • Conducted workshops, training, and in-service presentations, on classroom management techniques and other topics for the purpose of developing skills and establishing effective relationships with behaviorally or emotionally disturbed students
  • Developed and administered disciplinary procedures in accordance with district policies and state laws; received referrals and conferred with students, parents, teachers, community agencies, and law enforcement; responded to and resolved parent, student, and staff concerns and complaints
  • Analyzed and interpreted data results for the purpose of designing and modifying behavioral interventions
  • Used effective interpersonal skills including tact, patience, and respect towards all students

Family and Human Services (Life Skills) Teacher
September 2010 – June 2014

  • Designed a three part course for our emotionally disturbed students to instill everyday life skills required to succeed in society after high school, including independent living, self-sufficiency, and financial literacy
  • Created differentiated lesson plans for three different grade levels (9th, 10th, 11th)
  • Conveyed to students the importance of money management, budgeting, and savings

Beyond the Bell After-School ProgramHarrisonburg, VA
Program CoordinatorNovember 2012 – May 2014

  • Supervised 12 team leaders and multiple college interns and volunteers
  • Dealt with student behavioral concerns to improve future situations and prevent subsequent incidents
  • Promoted high expectations, demonstrated a caring attitude and established an environment that supported high achievement in students
  • Enforced school rules, managed student behavior, and maintained accurate records of student attendance, conduct and academic performance records
  • Collaborated with team leaders to ensure a relationship of mutual respect with their students
  • Co-led weekly team meetings, keeping a positive image of the program with the host school

Boys and Girls Club of Harrisonburg and Rockingham CountyHarrisonburg, VA
Unit DirectorMay 2013 – September 2013

  • Supervised 10 youth development professional leaders and multiple college interns and volunteers
  • Established unit programs, activities and services that prepare youth for success and that create a club environment that facilitates achievement of youth development outcomes
  • Planned, developed, implemented and evaluated overall unit programs, services and activities to ensure they met stated objectives and member needs and interests
  • Compiled regular reports reflecting all activities, attendance and participation
  • Recruited, managed and provided career development opportunities for unit staff and volunteers
  • Developed and maintained public relations to increase the visibility of programs, services and activities within the club and community

Assistant DirectorJune 2010 – July 2011
Youth Development Professional LeaderAugust 2007 – May 2013

Honors and Awards

2017 ASCD Emerging Leader June, 2017

ASCD is seeking a powerful and active group of education professionals to become the next ASCD leaders. ASCD selects 50 individuals from all over the United States, who are accomplished educators with 5-15 years of experience and are interested in getting more involved in ASCD and in education as a whole. Candidates must believe that each child deserves to be safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Teacher of the Year 2016 – 2017 
South Eastern Cooperative Education Program (SECEP) Chesapeake Center

Employee of the Quarter, Employee of the Month February 2012, March 2012, November 2013
Specialized Youth Services of VA, Inc. (Shenandoah Academy)

Cords of Distinction RecipientMay 2010

  • One of the most prestigious awards at Eastern Mennonite University, awarded to ten graduating students
  • Nominated by faculty, staff, and fellow students for outstanding contributions to the university, community, or society

Conference Presentations and Workshops

2018 ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership, Nashville, TN
November 2018, Presenter – “Reaching the Unreachable Student”

2018 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence, Dallas, TX
June 2018, Presenter – “How to Reach the Unreachable Student”

Guest Speaker, Old Dominion University ELS 668 Internship Class
October 2018, Presenter – “First Year Assistant Principal Experiences”

Guest Speaker, Old Dominion University ELS 668 Internship Class
February 2018, Presenter – “First Year Assistant Principal Experiences”

Old Dominion University Fourth Annual New and Aspiring Leaders Conference
June 2017, Roundtable Presentation “How to Reach the Unreachable Student”

Featured Speaker on Podcasts

Leader of Learning Podcast: Hosted by Dan Kreiness
November 2018, Title of Episode: Promoting Lifelong Learning with Basil Marin

The 10-minute Teacher Show: Hosted by Vicky Davis
July 2017, Title of Episode: 5 Ways to Help At Risk Children Succeed

Professional Memberships

2016 – present
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
2016 – present
Golden Key International Honour Society
2016 – present
Phi Delta Kappa (PDK)
2018 – present
National Association of Secondary School Principals(NASSP)