I have a passion for guiding students through developing academic and social skills, with a strong focus on discovering strengths and establishing an understanding of what it means to truly learn.
I possess the altruistic and collaborative leadership qualities that make me a valued support and resource to my colleagues.
With over a decade of experience as a school administrator in an elementary district, I have acquired the skills, expertise, confidence, and drive to help motivate others to continually grow and realize their best selves.
ALL Students Can Learn
The journey toward understanding is personal and requires taking risks. In order to facilitate this challenging process, educators must foster a classroom/school community that is respectful of differences. It is the duty of educators to guide EVERY student through a self-suited learning process. Instruction must be diverse, and methods of delivery and assessment must be constantly differentiated. Opportunities must be allowed in which technology is used as both a platform for learning, and a tool for assessment. When educators take the time to observe and study the learning of their students, we can provide a focused environment that promotes success.
A Community of Respect
Schools must be built upon a solid foundation of core values, stressing a sense of community. A school, as a family, will be loyal to a common vision that centers around student learning and maintaining a positive environment. Educators shall be given the time and resources to collaborate, with a focus on professional growth and best practices. Expectations for students will be fair and clear, working as a catalyst for intellectual and social/emotional growth. Parents are viewed as partners in education, where their voice is heard and respectfully considered in making important school decisions. Every bit of feedback amongst the school community will be welcomed, as EVERY member of the school community is valued and important.
A Growth Mindset
,Professional development must be more than taking on new initiatives or new resources. Taking time to grow professionally will ALWAYS be reflective of the school's mission and vision, and in response to or in forecast of, student performance data. Bettering ourselves professionally is not a task, but a duty. Effective educators should never feel that they have "mastered" their craft. Teaching and learning is an ever-evolving and always-changing entity. We, who are blessed with this exciting, rewarding, and challenging career, must agree: "...[our] most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work...This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment" (Dweck, Carol. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, 2006).