I am passionate about bridging the gap between educational theory, neuroscience research, and effective pedagogy, I am a dedicated education professional with expertise in literacy, language research, and translating research findings into actionable strategies. With a proven track record of leadership in instructional design, curriculum development, and community engagement, I excel in fostering a continuous learning and improvement culture.
As a seasoned Professional Learning Specialist at Central Indiana Education Services Center, I provide individualized development and training to educators, lead district teams in strategic vision creation, and manage projects aligning with vendor specifications. My expertise extends to curriculum mapping, grant proposals, the Science of Reading, Project-Based Learning, Culturally Responsive Pedagogies, and supporting English language learners.
As a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor at Indiana University, I managed course schedules and students in the English Education program area, collaborated on grant writing, and played a key role in researching and transitioning a face-to-face program to an online format. My courses, such as 'Young Adult Literature in a Diverse Society' and 'Inquiry High School English,' reflect my commitment to innovative and inclusive education.
Previously, as an English Language Learner Coordinator at Center Grove High School, I designed and implemented a successful program resulting in an 86% increase in test scores. I managed teacher aide staff, petitioned for changes in graduation requirements for English learners, and provided professional development to school and district staff.
My educational journey includes a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University, focusing on Instruction Systems Technology and Literacy, Culture, and Language Education. My dissertation, 'Immigration Stories in the English Learner Classroom,' reflects my commitment to revealing funds of knowledge and creating brave spaces in literacy education.
My core competencies include Instructional Leadership, Project Management, Curriculum Development, and Community Engagement. I am driven by a passion for advancing education, promoting data-driven instruction, and building lasting relationships with colleagues and students. Let's connect and explore opportunities to enhance the intersection of research and pedagogy in education.
SKILL SET: Instructional Leadership | Speaking | Academic Culture and Climate | Professional Learning and Advancement | Student mentoring | Conference participation | Management of material resources | Learning strategies | Quality control analysis | Academic committees | Curriculum development | Didactic training | Exceptional Interpersonal and Communication Skills