Doctor of Education, Vanderbilt University, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, May 2014 - May 2017
- Concentration in K-12 Administration and Policy (G.P.A.: 3.853)
- Teach For America Scholarship Recipient
- Murray-Cunningham Scholarship Recipient
Master of Public Health, University of Michigan School of Public Health, August 2006 - May 2008
- Concentration in Health Management and Policy
Bachelor of Arts, College of William and Mary, August 2002 - May 2006
- Dual Concentrations in Government and American Studies
Johns Hopkins University, January 2018 – present
Lead Clinical Faculty, Urban Teachers Program
Saltonstall K-8 School (Salem Public Schools), July 2015 - August 2017
As the leader of the school, there is broad responsibility to create, foster, and promote a school culture and climate that supports student achievement. Saltonstall K-8 School overcame five years of stagnancy to make significant overall growth and make substantial progress in closing achievement gaps.
- Improved from the 54th percentile to the 63rd percentile amongst peer schools in Massachusetts. This improvement coincided with a transition from MCAS to the more rigorous PARCC assessment. Whole school Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) increased 19 points in ELA (50 to 69) and 8.5 points in Math (41.5 to 50) and overall Composite Performance Indicator (CPI) improved 4.9 points in ELA (80.1 to 85) and 3.8 points in Math (73 to 76).
- Schoolwide performance for all subgroups increased substantially for the 2015-16 school year. Selected subgroup data: Students with disabilities improved 25 SGP points in Math; Hispanic/Latino students improved 14.9 CPI points in ELA, closing the achievement gap by 13.9 points; High needs students (English Language Learners, students with disabilities, and low-income students) improved their Math performance by 8.0 SGP points
- Created professional development scope and sequence, common planning time agendas, and structured data systems to foster continuous school-wide improvement
- Lead staff as facilitator/instructor in professional development
- Served on the District Leadership Team and helped lead Salem Public Schools out of Level 4 (Turnaround) to Level 3 status as a district.
- Selected as the permanent appointee in May 2016 after serving as the interim for the 2015-16 school year
Eliot K-8 Innovation School (Boston Public Schools), July 2014 - July 2015
Director of Operations
The Eliot K-8 is widely regarded as one of the best public schools in Boston. As Director of Operations, managed the Friends of the Eliot 501(c)3 foundation, led work regarding infrastructural considerations like transportation, and built a new, innovative schedule that incorporated significant opportunities for student enrichments and teacher collaboration.
- Coordinated the NAEYC accreditation process for the Kindergarten program
- Managed the Friends of the Eliot 501(c)3 non-profit foundation that supports teaching and learning at the Eliot
- Test Coordinator for PARCC computer assessments (both EOY and PBA)
- Co-created innovative school schedule, piloting ”E-Cycles” where students have targeted, intensive enrichment/intervention opportunities to work on particular subject areas
- Managed the interviewing and hiring of thirteen new teachers
- Served as member of the Eliot Governing Board
Mass Insight Education, October 2013 - May 2014
Senior Program Manager of Teaching and Learning
Worked closely with the leadership team of Lincoln K-8 School in Evansville, IN. Lincoln K-8 was a chronically underperforming turnaround school. Participated and wrote school readiness reports for several other underperforming schools in the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Schools. Lincoln improved its state grade from an F to a D.
- Led the school improvement planning process, provided strategic input and support around whole school professional development sessions and direction
- Developed individual teacher coaching strategies and coached the administrators on implementation
- Built capacity through administrative team coaching and creation of school improvement tools/systems to facilitate school growth
- Created a behavior management system that lowered average daily office referrals from 21.52 (BOY) to 6.0 (EOY)
Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School (Boston Public Schools), August 2010 - June 2013
Director of Partnerships and 6th/8th Grade History Teacher
Orchard Gardens Pilot School was a chronically underperforming Level 4 turnaround school in 2010; by 2013, it was a Level 1 school (highest performance level). Orchard Gardens experienced a significant and dramatic turnaround during my tenure. I taught 6th and 8th grade social studies to a 100% minority and universal free-lunch population of students. As the the Director of Partnerships, I managed Citizen Schools and other key partners to support the school’s successful turnaround.
- Managed partnerships with Citizen Schools and City Year that helped Orchard Gardens have the highest middle school academic growth in Massachusetts (2010-2013)
- Created a differentiated curriculum that effectively served the needs of a highly diverse group of students (students with interrupted formal education, ESL students, students with disabilities, low-income students)
- Individually featured as a teacher on NBC Nightly News, NPR, and Teach.gov
- Built a new website for the school and developed promotional materials to re-brand the school within the community
Teach for America, April 2012 - August 2012
Corps Member Advisor
- Was responsible for the pedagogical development, training and management of eleven new Corps Member at the Philadelphia Summer Institute.
- Instructor for courses on instruction, behavior management, lesson planning, and assessment creation to brand new teachers (both large lecture style courses and smaller classroom instruction)
- Routinely completed observation and coaching cycles with each Corps Member (minimally once per week) and created tailored development plans based on data analysis
US Department of Education, August 2010
Peer Reviewer, Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant Competition
- Selected to be a peer reviewer for the national precursor to the Promise Neighborhoods program
- Reviewed 10 grant applications for the federal Promise Neighborhood Grant
KIPP Houston High School (KIPP Houston), August 2008 - June 2010
AP US History, AP US Government, US History Teacher
- Taught as a member of Teach for America at US News and World Report’s 16th ranked Public High School.
- Teach for America 2008 Houston Corps Member
- 2008-9 - Exit Level Social Studies TAKS Mean – 2403 (Commended score was 2400); 100% of individual students passed (52% commended)
- 2009-10 - Exit Level Social Studies TAKS Mean – 2413 (Commended score was 2400); 100% of individual students passed (63% commended)
- AP US History passage rate better than national average for minority students (17%)
- Head Coach Varsity Baseball (2009, 2010) and Junior Varsity Volleyball (2009)