Cultural experiences are central to the learning process and the cultural background of a student is the most valuable tool for effective instruction. A non-bias approach to teaching is critical to student success and achievement and educators who embrace this idea stand to have great impacts on their learners. Cognition is developed through a meta-cognitive process which initiates within the culture of a student, thus learning begins with understanding the cultural norms of students.
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Ph.D. - Language, Literacy, and Culture Program, May 2007
Johns Hopkins University
Master of Science in Educational, Technology, May 2002
Coppin State University
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, May 2000
Director of Assessment
Bowie, Maryland 2009 - present
In my role as Director of Assessment, I am directly responsible for building and managing assessment systems, evaluation tools, collecting and analyzing data, and sharing that data to implement program changes. I supervise a team of three, conduct training, monitor assessment processes, provide professional and technical support for faculty and students, and organize and facilitate meetings to enhance or improve program and/or unit performance.
Coordinator of Elementary Education
Baltimore, Maryland 2002 - 2009
As assistant professor I taught methods courses to both Elementary and Early Childhood majors to engage them in critical discussions on educational theory and theorist, instructional strategies, and classroom management practices. I was also responsible for collecting and analyzing student data, as well as, implementing programs changes consistent with data findings. I worked very closely with Dean, attended important meetings for her, and managed the school in her absence.
Baltimore, Maryland 2000 –2002
As a classroom teacher, I designed and implemented developmentally appropriate activities using Baltimore City Public School Curriculum, best practice strategies, and educational pedagogy while effectively managing students to optimize instructional time.
Summa *** Laude, 2000
Ronald E. McNair Scholar, 1998 - 2000
Deans List, 1995 - 2000
Phi Theta Kappa, 1996
National Deans List, 1996