Enthusiastic, resourceful teacher leader who has earned trust and respect from students, colleagues and administration for 19+ years.
Mastery of Culturally Responsive Teaching practices
Innovative lesson planning in emergent curricula
Excellent record of student and family relationships
Research and implementation
MS in Educational Leadership
Positive atmosphere promotion with multicultural populations
Active participation in professional communities
Student-Centered Professional Development
Initiated and managed Culturally Responsive Teaching initiatives in the schools serviced, resulting in greater awareness and expanded use.
Created Culturally Responsive Teaching sessions and frameworks for various groups to create engaging educational experiences.
Culturally Responsive Teacher Leader02/2014 to 04/2017Milwaukee Public Schools Office of InnovationMilwaukee, WI
Provides Culturally Responsive Teaching practice professional development sessions to Instructional Coaches, School Support Teachers, and staffs of MPS sites under the GE Foundation Grant on addressing personal biases, building relationships with students and families, modifying instruction to engage more students, understanding cultural differences, professional reflection, adopting multicultural texts, building responsive school and classroom climates.
current (2016-2017) school year, assists in the pilot MPS Transformation Team in six schools to assess school culture needs, do observations and provide coaching feedback.
equity for all students by coaching school staff to implement anti-racist/anti-bias, multicultural, and Culturally and
Linguistically Responsive Teaching Practices pedagogy of Dr. Gloria
Ladson-Billings, Dr. Sharroky Hollie, Zaretta Hammond, Paul Gorski and other
experts in the field.
Leads Culturally Responsive book study group at several schools.
Gathers resources, attends conferences and workshops to build personal knowledge to share with teachers and administrators.
Builds relationships with many social justice organizations, including the ACLU, League of Women Voters, Young Voters' League, Educators' Network for Social Justice, as well as educational organizations such as the Wisconsin Response to Intervention Center and the Southeast Wisconsin Closing the Gap Consortium at Concordia University, the AP College Board, WEA, MTEA, NAACP, and MMABSE.
English Department Chair and Language Arts Instructor02/2002 to 10/2014Riverside University High SchoolMilwaukee, WI
Taught a unique Multicultural & African-American Literature and History block course in conjunction with a Social Studies teacher.
Collaborated with RUHS Guidance Office and administration to expand the number of multicultural English courses offered
Taught all four grade levels of University Preparatory English, including Advanced Placement Language and Composition, and Honors sections
Consistently sought to include diverse, culturally relevant literature in all English courses and address the achievement gap through differentiation within classes.
As English Department Chair participated in extensive professional development, including curriculum mapping and alignment with UW-Milwaukee English Liaison and AP writing scoring
Held additional leadership positions, including Learning Team, SIP team, PBIS team, Student Council Advisor, and Forensics Coach.
Education and Training
Master of Science: Educational Leadership2006Cardinal Stritch UniversityMilwaukee, WI[Name] Academic Achievement Award Obtained Wisconsin Initial Administration K-12 License #51 June, 2005
Bachelor of Arts: English Education1997Delaware State UniversityDover, DE
Maintained a 3.0 GPA (including transfer credits) while
completing a nationally recognized teacher certification program, including a minor in African-American Studies.
Holds Secondary English teaching license
(#300) in addition to Initial K-12 Principal license (#51)
Coursework and Training in Restorative Practices through St. Augustine University, Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association and Milwaukee Public Schools.
Represented MPS with CRT presentation at national Turnaround Arts Retreat in Warrenton, VA June, 2016
Presenter, Educators Network for Social Justice Conference, 2015 & 2016 in Franklin, WI
Milwaukee Public Schools PD Facilitators' Academy--training in MS Office365, Lync/Skype, and the professional learning techniques of
Coordinated, with the City of Milwaukee
Election Commission, a pilot teen voter registration program, now available for all MPS High Schools
Completed the Civil Rights Teacher Workshop
with the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History at Clare
College—Cambridge University, London, UK
Served as cooperating teacher to several local
university education students from 2004-2014
Annual participant/chaperone for Riverside
University High School's Historically Black College Tour, serving over 120 students and touring more than 25
colleges and universities from 2007-2012
Various course work for enrichment, professional
development, and to fulfill Wisconsin DPI license requirements, including
MyAccess!, TurnItIn, SMART Board, and Discovery Education
Received American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Youth Humanitarian Award, March, 2011
Awarded Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of
Black School Educators (MMABSE) Teacher of the Year, 2010