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Summary

Leader with experience in education, organizational change, and equity. Deeply committed to improving the lives of ALL students through enriching and empowering experiences.

Work experience

Principal and District Assessment Coordinator

John Clark Elementary and ROCORI Public Schools
July 2017Present

Currently work as the principal at John Clark Elementary School, a PBIS school within ROCORI Public Schools. Additional district duties include research/assessment, WBWF reporting, Title programs, Achievement and Integration, MTSS/RtI, and multilingual learning/equity.

Acting Superintendent

ROCORI Public Schools
2/25/226/31/22

Supported ROCORI Public Schools during a time of transition. Facilitated school board meetings and supervised principals and directors in five buildings. Managed a bond referendum proposal. 

Administrative Intern

Madison Elementary School in ISD 742, St. Cloud, MN
Jun 2016June 2017

Worked as a principal intern at school of 700 students and a staff of 50. Fulfilled the duties of the assistant principal. Worked closely with principal to implement the vision and mission of the district at the school level. 

STEM Integration Specialist

Talahi Community School in ISD 742, St. Cloud, MN
Aug 2014May 2016

Collaborated with teachers to implement inquiry and technology into their lessons. Provided job-embedded professional development in STEM to teachers. 

2nd Grade Teacher in the Talahi Academy

Talahi Community School in ISD 742, St. Cloud, MN
Jul 2013Jul 2014

Co-taught a 2nd grade extended day/extended school year classroom. Conducted home visits with parents and students.

Title 1 Teacher

East Salem Elementary in Salem City Schools, Salem, VA
Sep 2012Jun 2013

Provided small group and individual support in reading and math to support emerging readers. Participated in district-wide Title 1 audit.

3rd, 5th, and 6th Grade Teacher

Cordley Elementary School in USD 497, Lawrence, KS
Aug 2007May 2012

Provided instruction as a classroom teacher at an English learner school. Provided staff development in current teaching best practices and equity.

4th Grade Teacher

Northern Hills Elementary in Onalaska School District, Onalaska, WI
Aug 2006Jun 2007

Created and instructed lessons developed to reach diverse learners in a multicultural classroom. 

Skills

LETRS For Administrators

Trained in LETRS for Administrators. June 2022-Present

District MTSS/RtI Coordinator

Oversaw district committee charged with analyzing student data and reallocating district resources. July 2017-Present.

District Equity Committee

Created and led district equity team focused on identifying and eliminating inequities within ROCORI Public Schools. August 2020-Present

ROCORI Equity Advisory Chamber

Created and facilitated a community equity advisory committee made up of school staff, community members and students. January 2022-Present 

PRESS Leadership Team

Participated in University of Minnesota - PRESS Leaders Cohort during 2019-20 school year. Support teachers district-wide in analyzing data, strengthening Tier 1 instruction, and implementing classwide interventions. August 2019-Present

District Assessment Coordinator

Coordinated and implemented state and local assessments in grade K through 12. Analyzed and presented findings to schools and ROCORI Board of Education. July 2017-Present.

Targeted Services Coordinator

Developed curriculum, recruited teachers, planned budget, and oversaw summer school and after school academic programming Winter 2021, Summer 2020, Summer 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, and Summer 2015.

Camp Invention/Club Invention Director

Oversaw science and inquiry program during the summers of 2015 and 2016 as well as after-school in the fall of 2014 at Talahi Community School.

Talahi STEM Committee Chair

Led STEM vision and implementation at Talahi Community School. Highlights included Tree Planting Program, Talahi Student Technology Team, and robotics classes. 2014-2016

Collaboration Committee

Participated in professional development to explore various collaboration models. Provided staff development on collaboration. 2012-2013.

Evaluation Committee
Participated on a district level committee to examine current evaluation tool, research evaluation tools from other districts, and propose a tool to the district and teacher negotiation teams. 2009-2012.

Education

6th Year Program (K-12 Principal/Superintendent License)

St. Cloud State University
Jul 2013Jul 2015

Courses in Educational Administration and Leadership leading to K-12 Principal and Superintendent licenses.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Washburn University
20072011

Courses in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in literacy.

English as a Second Language Certification Courses

Kansas State University
20082009

Completed courses in English as a Second Language Education.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
20012005

Courses in Curriculum and Instruction for elementary and middle school.

Presentations, Publications, and Awards

International Literacy Association - Administrator Task Force, 2022-23.

Minnesota Elementary School Principal Association Division Leadership Award (Central) February, 2022.

How to be a Catalyst for Equity Change presented at Minnesota Elementary School Principal Association annual conference, March 2021.

PRESS Interventions and Classwide Interventions presented to ROCORI Elementary Staff, 2019-20.

Are you a Threat to Inequity presented to ROCORI, Holdingford, and New London-Spicer Staff, January 2022  and January 2020.

Equity in All our Schools presented at each ROCORI cabinet meeting to identify inequities in our system and to plan ways to eliminate those inequities, 2018-19 school year.

Self Regulation and Early Childhood Presentation for ROCORI kindergarten families, Spring 2018.

Implicit Bias Training for Madison Elementary Staff, Spring 2017.

District Discipline Policy School Board Presentation ISD 742. Winter 2016

TIES Exceptional Teacher Award: St. Cloud Area Schools 2015.

Home Visits: Presented reflections, research, and actions steps to conduct home visits with students to build rapport and increase parental involvement to staff at Talahi Community School in St. Cloud, MN. Fall 2014.

Carlson, C., Court, S., & Rettig, M. (2014). Is the Pen Mightier than the Blog?: Comparing 3rd Graders' Response Journals to Paper and Pencil Response Journals Kansas Journal of Reading, 29, 10-17.

Is the Pen Mightier than the Blog?: Presented findings from action research, as well as, other current research on using blogs in the classroom to improve student writing at the Kansas Reading Association Annual Convention in Emporia, Kansas. Spring 2011.

Boys and Books: Presented findings from an independent study to a graduate course at Washburn University in Topeka, KS on examining the challenges of teaching literacy to males.

Courageous Conversations: Facilitated staff meetings discussing equity and closing the achievement gap at Cordley Elementary School in Lawrence, KS. 2010-2012.

References

Certifications

District Superintendent

State of Minnesota Department of Education
20172024

Principal K-12

State of Minnesota Department of Education
20162024

Elementary Education Grades 1-6

State of Minnesota Department of Education
20142024

Communication Arts/Literature Grades 5-8

State of Minnesota Department of Education
20142024