Excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational, and instructional skills
Wide variety of experience in leadership with all grade levels, P-12
Successful grant writing and managerial ability
Proficient in InformationNOW, SETS, and other programs including eGap Hardworking, innovative, and imaginative worker
Certified Crisis Prevention Intervention and Time to Teach Trainer
Trained in Picture Exchange Communication System, Sensory Diets, LindaMood Bell, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Registered Behavior Technician, Horseboy Method, and Certified Autism Specialist
National Board Certification, 2005/2015 Renewed - Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/School Counseling
Participant in Stellar Mentor Training, June 2006
Director of Special Education09/2015 to Current Birmingham City SchoolsBirmingham, AL
Provide leadership and direct special education services for the district
Hire, supervise, and appraise all special education personnel
Provide activities and modules that facilitate the professional growth of the school staff and enhances the quality of the educational program through in-service programs, manuals, on-line modules, and training
Plan, develop, revise, and oversee personnel and instructional policies Design and set procedures to ensure compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Title IX, and Americans with Disabilities Act
Direct the implementation of state and federal legislation related to special education and school governance as well as ensure compliance
Lead instructional services provided to students and guide staff in professional legal matters
Work collaboratively with other schools and departments to meet goals and ensure alignment of services
Implement CPI district-wide
Restructure district program to meet compliance expectations and student needs.
Principal06/2011 to 09/2015 Helen Keller School of Alabama, AIDBTalladega, Alabama
Self-contained, residential, educational facility for multi-disabled students)
Coordinate and facilitate parent advisory groups and committees as well as be a community liaison to families, school districts, and organizations across the state
Direct and monitor all IEP's and compliance processes based on IDEA/ADA
Recommend and coordinate Employee Assistance services
Develop and strengthen relationships with state legislators and area governmental bodies including governmental entities and school districts across the state
Change agent in development of professional learning community through conflict resolution, new program development, leadership teams, team building, and procedures/guidelines
ASCD 2014 - 2015 and Alabama Interagency Autism Coordinating Council, Proxy for Dr. Mascia (AIDB President), 2013 - 2015.
Director of Grants08/2010 to 06/2011 Bevill State Community CollegeJasper, AL
Researched, developed, and prepared proposals for funding promoting college and career readiness.
Coordinated and assisted grant writing activities with faculty and staff at the community college.
Developed partnerships with workforce development and vocational rehabilitation, local and state levels.
Director of Career-Technical Department / Principal07/2008 to 08/2010 St. Clair County SchoolsAshville, Alabama
CLAS Legislative Action Group, 2008-2010; Chi Sigma Iota, 2004-2010, Delta Kappa Gamma Beta Pi, 2008-2010; 2008-2009, Leadership St.Clair County Graduate; Team Member for AdvancEd District Accreditation (Butler County), 2010
Supervised, observed, evaluated teachers / Improved teaching methods and accountability
Marketing and community outreach including collaboration with workforce development
Consulted and collaborated with teachers and parents in understanding and meeting the needs of students (behavior and academic plans, CTIP's, IEP meetings, BBSST, etc.)
Obtained various grants ($300,000.00) including a 21st Century grant
Implemented: Excelerate Program, APEX & PAES lab, JAG program, Career Cruising, and a variety of at-risk programs
Improved technology in all departments and facilitated exterior/interior facility renovations
Produced first yearbook, web-site, faculty handbook, and student handbook
Budgeted and managed Perkins Grant Money for Vocational and Technical Education (eGap).
Assistant Principal10/2006 to 07/2008 Springville Middle SchoolSpringville, Alabama
Supported and assisted the principal in planning, implementing, evaluating, and remediating the school program
Coordinated school services and resources
Handled disciplinary procedures while instituting a positive behavior intervention program
Participated in training for Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative, 2007
St. Clair County Foundation Grant winner, 2007
Counselor08/2001 to 10/2006 Clay-Chalkville High SchoolPinson, Alabama
Planned and conducted the high school counseling and guidance curriculum as comprehensive and developmental according to national standards.
Planned and conducted teacher in-service sessions and parent academies.
Coordinated testing (AHSGE, ADAW, PSAT, PACT, ASVAB, and AP tests), registration, scheduling, and various programs (e.g.Award's Day).
Implemented College Information Night, College and Career Day ("Real World. Real Work Day"), Cougar Tracks (orientation camp for incoming freshmen), and the Freshman Studies course for incoming 9th graders.
Member of JefCoEd's Guidance Steering Committee, 2004-2006
Trained - 2004-2005, Using Data to Lead Change (ALSDE)
Who's Who Among America's High School Teachers, 2004 & 2005
Co-Sponsor of CCHS Peer Helpers, 2001-2003
Clay-Chalkville Middle School - Sixth Grade Language and Reading Inclusion Teacher06/1997 to 08/2001 Jefferson County SchoolsBirmingham, AL
Designed the JefCoEd Language Curriculum for sixth grade, 2001; Co-sponsor of the National Junior Honor Society, 2000 - 2001; Jefferson County Foundation Grant winner, 1998 and 1999.
Attended Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, 1998.
Clay-Chalkville Middle School Computer Aide08/1996 to 06/1997 Jefferson County SchoolsBirmingham, Alabama
Erwin Elementary School - Media Specialist Aide08/1994 to 08/1996 Jefferson County SchoolsBirmingham, AL
Educational Leadership Preparation and experience in ethical issues, organizational dynamics, strategic planning, negotiation/conflict resolution, education policy development/analysis, emerging superintendency, quantitative and qualitative statistics, and field-based inquiry.
Dissertation: School Culture and the Morale of Teachers in Self-Contained, Low-Incidence Populations
Administrative Certification2006University of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham, Alabama
Led CCHS faculty and staff in collecting, disaggregating, interpreting, and analyzing data through professional development
Leader of the Best Practices Committee (CCHS Powerful Conversations)
Led CCHS in the development and implementation of the School Improvement Plan, 2005
Participant in Springville Middle School's SACS Accreditation, 2005
Supervisor and evaluator of school counselor intern, 2005
Ed.S.: Counseling and Guidance2005University of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham, AL
Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society, Inducted 2004
Target Teacher Scholarship (2001) and recipient of Alabama grant to pursue National Board Certification (2004)
Master of Education: Counseling and Guidance2000University of MontevalloMontevallo, AL
Counseling and Guidance Graduate Scholarship Recipient - 1998 through 1999
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education1996University of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham, AL
National Dean's List, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Golden Key Honor Society, Presidential Honors, Freshmen Leadership Scholarship, Linley Heflin Scholarship, Rotary Club Scholarship, and Paul Douglas Scholarship
Administrator, Change Agent, Mediator, Counselor, CPI Guru, Grant Writer, Team Builder, Leader, Legal Buff, Marketing Novice, Negotiator, Policy Development/Analysis, Program Development, Quality, Rehabilitator, Renovator, Strategic Planner, Teacher, Innovator, Researcher, Problem Solver