Creative, innovative, person centered administrator with 16 years of experience at the district level managing a large special education department. Fiscally responsible manager who reduced spending but kept legal compliance and program quality intact. Spearheaded improved instruction in all special education classrooms throughout the district, insisting on, and achieving, high standards and quality instruction for all individuals with disabilities. Energetic, flexible, reliable, experienced and personable.
◦Oversaw program compliance with federal and state laws ◦ Evaluated and initiated programs, curricula and access to general education for individuals with disabilities ◦ Developed curricula for various areas with teacher leaders and curriculum specialist ◦ Hired and evaluated administrative staff, psychologists and speech therapists ◦ Provided training for teachers and administrators ◦ Member of the Diversity and Equity Steering Committee ◦which provided staff development for principals and other administrators; Lead issues requiring litigation in special education ◦ Monitored fiscal needs and impact of Special Education Programs ◦ Participated on District Management Team; ◦
Implemented all district directives relating to special education; oversaw all non-public school placements and administrative placements; mentored teachers, IEP teams and new program specialists; analyzed student placement and streamlined process for development of classes for students with disabilities; assisted with the recruiting and hiring of special education staff
Initiated new classes to serve students with disabilities which spread to other schools; reorganized resource program to be move intensive and serve students better; increased academic achievement of students; participated on school site Teacher Leadership Team and School Site Council
Taught high school students in a non-traditional setting assisting them to achieve their high school diploma; participated on Leadership Team, Curriculum Team and WASC accreditation review team.
Taught primary elementary grades for young children with severe disabilities; participated on site leadership team
Paraprofessionals in General Education Environments; A Comparison of Parent Perceptions and Classroom Observations
Emphasis in Marriage Family and Child Counseling; school counseling
BA in English literature with secondary teaching credentials in English and history
Clear Administrative Services Credential
Clear Specialist in Special Education-Severely Handicapped (K-age 22) Clear Single Subject-English World History supplemental Miscellaneous
Resource Specialist Certificate of Competence
Pupil Personnel Services Credential-School Counseling
Association of California School Administrators
Strong interpersonal skills creating a climate in the office and throughout the extended department of family and support; motivated staff to take risks in instruction and create new systems for better meeting the needs of students. Approachable, and student focused.
Advanced knowledge of special education law and skilled application thereof;
Fiscally responsible leadership reducing waste and overhead within the department during severe budget crisis (2009-2013)
Leadership by example-doing what is being asked of others including objective listening to concerns of others, problem solving, helping wherever necessary for any particular reason (i.e., chasing a child) for the benefit of the child or the team
Creative, motivated, whimsical
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