I am a native Detroiter that has devoted my career to serving in the educational capacity. I attended Detroit Public Schools and matriculated through Alabama A&M University, majoring in Secondary Education. I desired to help the students in my community and returned from Alabama to teach middle school English. After several successful years of teaching, I felt the urge to impact more students than the 30 that were in my classroom. I began to shift my gift of educating not only students but also teachers. I became a New Teacher Coach, dedicated to training new teachers on best practices and instructional data.
My work with students and teachers did not go unnoticed. In 2007, I was asked to open a new Detroit school as an Assistant Principal. Eager to take my love of educating to another level, I accepted the offer and embraced the challenge. During my tenure as Assistant Principal, I was able to develop strong instructional teams and become a successful instructional leader. After six years of serving in the Assistant Principal capacity, I was asked to transfer to a different Detroit school that was struggling with teacher morale, student behavior, and academics, parent engagement, and anything else you could think of that wasn't suitable for kids. This new challenge was to serve as Principal and "turn around" this poor-performing school. The school had received media attention for being a "failing school" with the possibility of closing its doors indefinitely.
After much prayer and consulting with my husband, I stepped up to this challenge and accepted my first Principal position. I had a fantastic mentor that helped me every step of the way. She (who would be mortified if I named her) was there to coach, counsel, and motivate me. During my tenure as Principal of this poor-performing school, I was able to lead it to become a "beating the odds" school, which is awarded to schools whose academic achievement exceeds expectations. The school was recognized as a "Reward" school by the State of Michigan back to back years for closing the achievement gap of students in a short amount of time. Lastly, I was named Michigan's Administrator of the Year for 2017 by MAPSA (Michigan Association of Public School Academies).
Developing a strong team allowed me to move the school from the bottom 8 in the state, to be one of the highest performing schools in Detroit. In addition to academic success, my team and I created an influential positive culture among the staff. The school was awarded the Employee Engagement Awards consistently for having over 90% of staff members being highly satisfied with the school's culture and leadership. The school also received the prestigious Parent Satisfaction Award for having parents highly confident with their children's education. Lastly, the most prominent award the school received was School of Excellence. This award recognizes schools that are making a difference in the academic lives of children. Detroit children. In the city where many thought it couldn't be done. I did it.
Over the last several years, I committed to coaching and consulting with many women that have transitioned their teaching and are now instructional coaches, assistant principals, and principals. I designed a framework that was the foundation of my success and propelled me to even greater heights. I've helped many women utilize this framework to transition their teaching, go from classroom to coach, or coach to a consultant. Now, it's your turn!