My experience as a 31-year educator has prepared me to fill the position of an educational Leader. My ability to work effectively with people, understand great instruction, effectively allocate resources, and work with community members, gives me a perspective to be successful. Over the years, I have been a teacher, adjunct professor, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent effectively working in small communities.
I started my career in Burley, Idaho as teacher after graduating from the University of Utah. I taught American Government, coached several sports, and was the student council advisor. While teaching, I also completed a MS in Educational Administration at the College of Idaho.
I left Burley in 1989 to take the assistant principal position at Hurricane High School in 1989.
I was responsible for discipline, evaluations, supervision, and boys’ activities director. Since 1998, I have been the principal at Hurricane High and Hurricane Middle School. In 1996, I completed a Doctor of Education from UNLV, focusing my research on school change.
In 2014, I decided on a career course change, taking a position as a superintendent in a small district in Wyoming. This position amounted to a great learning experience for me, and because of significant differences with the board, I voluntarily resigned. I feel very good about what I was able to accomplish while the superintendent in Big Horn School District #4. Some of these accomplishments are: Professional Learning Community (PLC) implementation, school security/safer schools, selection of property and early planning for 2 new schools, implementation of one-to-one laptop program K-12, maintained a million-dollar surplus, and received a very high rating by the AdvancED accreditation team last November.
Most recently, I have been doing work for AdvancED a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. Their expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation. AdvancED combines the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change. AdvancED was created through a 2006 merger of the Pre-K-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2011.
Working in these various settings helped me understand the complexities of schools and districts few people experience. I am able to relate to the challenges that teachers, secretaries, board members, and administrators face when it comes to performing their jobs. This experience gives me the ability to discern needs within a complex organization.
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I am qualified for the planning and building of new school facilities. In Washington County, Utah and Wyoming, I was able to be involved in the process for the construction of new buildings and additions and improvements to older buildings. I worked with architects, engineers, and other stakeholders to move the process of building forward.
I have extensive experience with school accreditation. Prior to my superintendent position, I was a lead evaluator for USOE and AdvancED. Over a 12-year period, I visited approximately 60 schools. This experience gave me a unique view of different schools and how they were working to meet the needs of their students. It also gave me a wonderful opportunity to bring some of the better ideas and practices to my own school.
I am experienced in long-range planning and professional development. Putting the Utah Core and the Core Curriculum (Wyoming) in place, one-to-one technology, and PLCs, are some of the areas that have required extensive planning and professional development. I’m confident at reviewing mission/vision statements and setting corresponding goals with schools within a district. I am excited to have this opportunity once again.
I have some great experience in implementing technology in the classroom. In Wyoming, I led the district in implementing a one-to-one laptop program for grades K-12. Substantial resources allowed the district to put this program in place. The 2-year professional development plan revolved around helping students use these devices to improve higher level thinking and problem solving skills. In Washington County School District, I was able to tap into many resources as in order to purchase several sets of computers. One of my colleagues and I even rode our bicycles across the United States during our vacation in June of 2013, to raise enough money for 2 laptop labs.