I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology Education from Virginia Union University. My Master of Education was obtained from Virginia Commonwealth University. I received my Educational Leadership & Policy Endorsement from the University of Richmond.
Before becoming an assistant principal at Varina High School, I was a science teacher at Highland Springs High School for twenty years. At HSHS, I served as an administrative aide, lead biology teacher, mentor, and sponsor of several clubs and activities (Prom, YADAPP, SADD, and PRIDE).
Educational Leadership Philosophy:
My philosophy of educational leadership is based on the concept that all students have the ability to learn. Learning is a process that is constantly changing; teaching strategies that worked twenty years ago will not work with the modern day student. Being in education for the past twenty-one years, I have observed that students learn in different ways and at different speeds. Learning must be tailored to the different learning styles present in the classroom. Many students are visual learners, while others are hands-on learners. Some students may have a combination of several different learning styles. In addition to the different learning styles, some students have learning disabilities and/or have English as a second language. These students will also need personalized opportunities for learning. With all types of learners, all students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process. There is an old but wise saying, “it takes a village to raise a child”. In today’s educational system of accountability, it takes a village (which includes students, parents, teachers, administrators, community members, and government officials) to ensure that all children can learn. As an assistant principal at Varina High School, my purpose is to be a part of the “village”. My moral purpose for leading is to ensure that all students have opportunities to learn in a safe environment from qualified and caring educators. Another part of my moral purpose as an instructional leader is to provide teachers with opportunities to improve their instruction. Whether this is through observations or professional development, I want to always provide my teachers opportunities for growth. In addition, as a leader I am committed to making sure the students and the teachers I serve feel valued and appreciated at Varina. Lastly as a leader at Varina High School, I will work with the leadership team to make sure every Varina student will become a responsible citizen that seeks employment, enlistment, or enrollment after graduation.