QUALIFICATIONS PROFILE


  • Extensive experience as program director for educational events and new initiatives, especially those related to diversity and inclusion.
  • Highly efficient in organizational planning and budget management. Especially successful in overcoming challenges of limited resources, effectively designing high-quality, cost-effective programming.
  • Dedicated educator trained to introduce essential critical thinking skills that enable students to more effectively organize and compare information to make thoughtful decisions. Skilled at creating a sense of community in the classroom, one that fosters life-long learning.
  • Service-centered advocate and counselor with a focused commitment to building strong relationships that authentically reflect compassion, charity, and genuine concern for the welfare of others. Committed to supporting the development of community ministries and non-profit organizations that serve traditionally disenfranchised communities. Skilled in community outreach, building community support, key coalitions and strategic partnerships with agencies and departments.

EDUCATION

Master of Professional Studies, CORNELL UNIVERSITY - Ithaca, New York
Major in Africana Studies: master's thesis research in the Social Construction of Race in America using literature as a form of qualitative analysis and exploration.  Thesis included the completion of a novel.

Bachelor of Arts, MILLS COLLEGE - Oakland, California
Major in Communications: Video Production; minor in Ethnic Studies.

Additional Graduate Studies

Counselor Education/School Counseling: completed core curriculum; practicum at Eastside High School. UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, Gainesville, Florida

Families in Youth Development, College of Health, Education, and Human Development. CLEMSON UNIVERSITY Fall, 2013.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

Principal, Rosemary Anderson High School, New Columbia Campus, Portland, OR; March, 2016 - current 
  • Lead administrative team and instructors in creating a safe and supportive campus community.
  • Develop policies and procedures that support differentiated learning styles, special needs, and behavioral challenges of students.
  • Engage with parents to ensure open communication.
  • Collaborate with leaders from other campuses to develop standardized practices across the organization.
  • Supervise student re-engagement, enrollment, and academic progress.
  • Supervise response to discipline, crisis management and emergencies.
  • Observe and assess instruction and plan professional development for improvement and growth.
Director, Educational Strategy; Leadership Development, Elementary; Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools, Metanoia Youth Leadership Academy, Metanoia Community Development Corporation, North Charleston, SC;  March 2011 – current

·        Develop, supervise and evaluate MYLA team to ensure members are trained, have sufficient resources and are adequately supported in the accomplishment of the goals of the program.
·        Oversee  and monitor discipline, behavioral growth and character development of young leaders, ensuring the culture authentically fosters the mission and vision of Metanoia.
·        Build and maintain strong partnerships with parents, volunteers and community members that enhance the program's capacity to build young leaders.
·        Research, write,  initiate, and monitor effectiveness of leadership development curriculum for 1st-12th grades that is academically infused for differentiated learning, project based, and meets both the Metanoia Leadership Standards and 21st century skills.
·         Diligently work to ensure financial accountability.
·        Create and implement opportunities to engage with and support families.
·         Responsible for managing conflict resolution and ensuring restorative justice within the program
Director, Christian Education, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Gainesville, FL; July 2004 – January, 2008
  • Responsible for budget and program management related to families with children ages 0-11.
  • Recruited, hired, supported and provided training for teachers, paid personnel and volunteers.
  • Coordinated communications including annual education brochure and the bi-annual newsletter.
Program Coordinator, Chrysalis Community, Inc., Gainesville, FL; February – October, 2007
  • Responsible for case management and direct services to homeless female residents, including individual and group counseling, record keeping, referral and follow-up services.
  • Coordinated fundraisers, community outreach initiatives, and conducted grant research.
  • Managed communications, including bi-annual newsletter, press releases, articles, general correspondence.
Director, Multicultural Center (MCC), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; July 2000 – July 2001 (Interim)
  • General administration of center activity including event planning, program initiative, staff supervision, correspondence, public relations, fundraising, marketing, scheduling, and budget management.
  • Served as advocate and mentor for student activists, developed students’ leadership skills, and acted as advisor to the University on issues pertinent to the mission of the MCC and its constituents.
  • Provided academic advisement and career guidance as needed.
Advisor & Program Coordinator, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; January 1997 – May 2000
  • Initiated and developed educational conferences and programmed student activities.
  • Served as Interim Director of the Institute of Black Culture and the Institute for Hispanic/Latino Cultures.
  • Advisor to the Asian Student Union and NATION (Native American Tribal Interest Organizational Network.)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teacher, SooJung International Christian School, Incheon, South Korea; March 2010 - March 2011
  • Taught all subjects to third grade Korean students who speak English as a foreign language (EFL).
  • Taught EFL to kindergarten class, one period per day, three times per week.
  • Co-taught EFL to adults three times per week.
  • Volunteer coordinator for Children's English Worship Service at SooJung Church
Writing Lab Specialist, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL; January 2009 – February 2010
  • Assist students prepare essays for academic coursework, professional communications, and scholarship applications.
Instructor, Upward Bound, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, FL; September, 2005 – March, 2006
  • Prepared high school students for FCAT, SAT and college preparatory English.
Adjunct Instructor, English Department, Lake City Community College, Lake City, FL; Spring, 2005
  • Freshman Composition 1 (ENC 1101) and Student Success (SLS 1101).
Adjunct Instructor, English Department, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL; June, 2005 – December, 2005
  • College Composition (ENC 1101).
Instructor, Black Studies Department, California State University, Long Beach, CA; August, 2001 – May, 2004

FIELDS OF INTEREST

Faith & Christian Spirituality, Transformative Education, Children, Youth, & Family Programs, Community Service Learning, Foreign Film, American Media & Culture, Creative Non-Fiction