Jessica Claire
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - -

Former results-focused school administrator with strength in external and internal communication strategies, social media as a tool, organizational leadership, program management, recruiting and accelerating diverse talent, and developing highly proficient teams. Proactive leader with strengths in designing and leading employee development, community engagement, and collaboration. Adept at managing concurrent objectives to promote efficiency and influence positive outcomes. Described by former supervisor as “an enthusiastic, dynamic leader who has a sense of humor, a community builder, and a great communicator - transparent, honest, clear, friendly, and instructional leader with a clear vision for academic success...built a Professional Learning Community in which staff engages in continuous learning...validates and recognizes the multiple nationalities, cultures, and the different perspectives of the community...created and sustained a positive and safe school environment."

  • Internal & external communication strategies
  • Public relations, speaking, & writing
  • Change management & leadership
  • Leadership development & mentoring
  • Adult learning methodologies
  • Talent acquisition / DEI practices
07/2012 to 06/2019
Administrator / Principal Washington County School District Abingdon, VA,
  • Direct supervisor of over 90 employees to include administrators, teachers, support staff; leading a school community representing over 30 different languages spoken by our families
  • Leveraged several modes of communication to publish compelling stories promoting the school, formulated clear points of view on complicated issues, and created concise and well-written narratives consistently to ensure staff and community engagement with school to include a weekly digital newsletter, Twitter, Facebook, blog, website, email, in-person meetings and presentations
  • Develop and implement school-wide internal communication strategies and programs that engage, inspire, and align staff with th school's vision and mission, priorities, and key initiatives
  • Ensured communications highlighted hiring announcements, employee spotlights, school achievements, community and school events
  • Developed and facilitated ongoing presentations to inform and engage the community (i.e. staff and team meetings, Back to School Nights, Advanced Academic Program and Kindergarten Orientations, PTA meetings)
  • Personally featured on School Division's TV programming and local newspaper to showcase and advocate as the face of my school (programming/STEM, diversity) as well as cooperatively producing the school news show
  • Results (agree/strongly agree) from current employee and family engagement surveys: 97% - administrators support professional development of staff, 95% - their performance is assessed objectively, 96% - the school welcomes families of different backgrounds and cultures, 95% - the school is inviting and feels like a place I belong, 100% - staff taught me things that have helped me do my job better, 100% - feel safe at school
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft 365 & Google Suite
  • Recruited to create introductory videos to launch and inspire professional development sessions
  • Experienced leveraging Hootsuite for efficiency and ensuring optimal outreach
  • Collaborated with Office of Community Partnerships to establish business partners and convened with individual staff and teams to write and be awarded grants to support programming and initiatives
  • Partnered with HR specialists on matters such as staffing, certification, employee performance, investigations and effectively informed and educated senior leaders on recruiting forecasts and staffing deficiencies
  • Partnered with senior leadership in workforce planning, onboarding, retention, change management
  • Hiring manager - lead selection process and assigned highly effective staff in an equitable manner based on needs, assessment data, and local, state, and federal requirements
  • Endorsed shared leadership experiences by facilitating both Instructional Leadership Council and School Innovation Committees monthly meetings with an emphasis on the Collaborative Learning Team cycle and reflection and refinement of actions and strategies
  • Solicited input from key internal and external staff in determining, selecting, allocating and utilizing the human resources necessary for present and future staffing needs
  • Developed and implemented professional development plan aligned with School Innovation Plan providing multiple access points to differentiate for adult learners (LMS, blended learning, unconference, whole group, job-embedded)
  • Led facilitation of variety of professional learning for Principals and staff to include: Cultural Responsiveness/Equity, Providing Growth Producing Feedback, Fierce Conversations, Moving Stuck Teams, Adaptive Schools (Facilitation)
  • Navigated personnel concerns with professionalism, resulting in improvement or dismissal
  • Recruited to serve on School Division's committee to evaluate and select the new Learning Management System for professional development and performance evaluations in collaboration with the Dept. of HR and IT
  • Knowledge and implementation of instructional design strategies (ADDIE model) coupled with frequent evaluation (Kirkpatrick model) and feedback from participants to make adjustments to future courses
  • Mentored first year Principals as requested by supervisor and nominated as First Year Principal of the Year
  • Leveraged MS Office, Google Suite, BlackBoard, and other online platforms to differentiate for adult learners
  • Co-designed and facilitated formal building-level employee induction processes and procedures
  • Trained in Cultural Proficiency, Breakthrough Coach, Blended Learning, Adaptive Schools, Fierce Conversations, Responsive Classroom, Project-based Learning, and more
  • Collaboratively planned, prioritized and strategically managed school's budget and finances to maximize fiscal resources while maintaining integrity of policies and supporting continuous improvement of the school
  • Recognized by supervisor for efforts leading to increasing hiring and retainment of a diverse teaching staff
08/2011 to 06/2012
Assistant Principal Washington County School District Abingdon, VA,
  • Assessed teaching and support staff and delivered exemplary talent development and instructional leadership strategies to improve capabilities and testing outcomes
08/2007 to 06/2011
Assistant Principal Dorchester School District Two City, STATE,
  • Evaluated staff performance through ADEPT – the South Carolina system for Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Professional Teaching (including induction-level teachers)
Expected in 12/2006
Master of Science: Education Administration
Wilkes University - Wilkes-barre, PA
Expected in 05/2002
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education
Susquehanna University - Selinsgrove, PA
  • Administration & Supervision, PreK-12 & Elementary Education, PreK-6

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