I am currently employed as the Director of Gadsden’s Technical Institute (GTI). During the course of my 30-year career as an Educator, I have served as a middle and high school science teacher; high school lead guidance counselor; high school assistant principal for curriculum, assessment, and federal programs; high school principal; curriculum director for both small (Gadsden County Public Schools) and large school districts (Anaheim Union High School District; and a university summer adjunct instructor (California Lutheran University-Human Growth and Development). I have completed Action Research (CA – Integrated Science Curriculum) for and written and received several state (Orange County Middle School STEM Science Grant, FLDOE RTTT) grants both in the State of California and Florida. I have served as a committee member on numerous university (California Lutheran Educators Committee), community college (Oxnard College Educators Committee and Tallahassee Community College Outreach Community Committee), and district education committees (Havana Middle School Restructuring Committee, Panhandle Area Education Consortium Advisory Board).
I am a graduate of the Gadsden County Public School system. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Indiana University, a Psychiatric Nursing License from Camarillo State Hospital, and my teaching certification in Life Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I have a Master’s of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling, Master’s of Arts in School Administration, and a Doctorate of Education Leadership, all of which were earned at California Lutheran University. I have written high school curriculum for both English and English as a Second Language science instruction; and presented at the National Science Teachers’ Association Conference and numerous local organizations within the learning communities I have served.
During my tenure with the Gadsden County Public Schools System, I authored the Race to the Top Grant, the Gadsden Teacher Evaluation Model, and the School Leaders/Non Classroom Teachers Evaluation Models (http://www.gcps.k12.fl.us/ ). I am currently serving on the Panhandle Areas Education Consortium (PAEC) Advisory Board. Among my many duties and responsibilities, my major District responsibilities have included: supervision and evaluation of school principals, dual enrollment and virtual school liaison, and curriculum and instruction.