Instructional Specialist, Accelerated and Enriched Instruction, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland
2017–present Instructional Specialist, Accelerated and Enriched Instruction, Montgomery County Public School, Rockville, Maryland
2015–2017 Content Specialist, World Languages, Visual & Performing Arts, White Oak Middle School, Silver Spring, Maryland
2012–2015 Consulting Teacher, MCPS, OHRD
2009–2012 ESL Educator, Sargent Shriver Elementary School Grade Levels K, 2, 3, 4, 5 2007–2009 Primary Years International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) in ESL, Istanbul International Community School, Istanbul Turkey
2005–2007 ESOL Teacher/Team Leader, Sargent Shriver Elementary School, Silver Spring, Maryland
2003–2005 Adult Literacy Educator, Adult ESOL and Literacy Program, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Maryland
2003–2005 ESOL Teacher, Pinecrest Elementary School, Silver Spring, Maryland
2000–2003 Special Education Teacher, Learning and Academic Disabilities Combination Classroom (LAD), Rosemont Elementary School, Gaithersburg, Maryland
1998–2000 Special Education Teacher, LAD, JoAnn Leleck at Broad Acres Elementary School, Silver Spring, Maryland
2011–2013 Adjunct ESL Professor, Prince George’s Community College, Language Studies Department, Prince George’s County, Maryland
M.Ed., Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 2002
B.S., University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland, 1998
Spanish Certificate, Maryland in Ecuador, Cuenca, Ecuador, 1997
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
Member, Montgomery County Education Association, Maryland State Education Association, National Education Association, autumn 1998–present (NEA/MSEA)
Member, National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
Member, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Committee Member, Minority Affairs Council Montgomery County Education Association, 2010–2015
Board Member, American Turkish Association of Washington, D.C., 2011–present
Member, The Montgomery County Alliance for Black School Educators, 2003–present
MCPS D.R.E.A.M. Team Consultant, advocacy and recruitment to educators of color and educators who teach in schools with high minority populations, Summer 2011–2016
Member, Montgomery County National Board-Certified Teacher Network, 2010–2015
Board Member, Montgomery County National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Steering Committee, 2010–2015
Member, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Network Affiliates, Montgomery County National Board-Certified Teacher Network 2009–2014
NEA National Diversity Training Cadre, Trainer 2012–2014
Member, Hispanic Employees Association of Montgomery County (HEA), autumn 2005–2010
Member, Washington Area Association of Teachers Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (WATESOL), autumn 2003–2008
Awards, Honors, and Certifications
School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA-Admin II exam), 2017
National Board-Certified Teacher, certification: Early and Middle Childhood/English as a New Language, 2017
WIDA Administrator, ACCESS for ELLs Training Certification, exp. 2015
Certified National Board Candidate Support Provider/Trainer, 2014
Advanced Professional Certification, MSDE, ESOL, Special Education K-12, 2010
Carol Chen Outstanding ESOL Teacher Award for Outstanding Leadership and Community Service 2010, Division of ESOL/ Bilingual Programs, Montgomery Co.
Teacher Certification K-12, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Maryland State Department of Education, 2002
Special Education, Maryland State Department of Education, 1998
Master Teacher Video Trainer, Teaching with Poverty in Mind Resource DVD, autumn 2010
Program Analyst, National Education Association Human and Civil Rights Cadre, spring 2010
Curriculum Co-developer, Newcomer Curriculum for English Language Learners in grades K-8; Montgomery County’s Division of ESOL/Bilingual Programs, summer 2007
Master Teacher Video Trainer, Discovery Channel Teacher Training, United Video streaming, 2005
Co-Presenter, Maryland State Education Association Jumpstart National Board for Professional Teaching Standards conference (co-presenter), Bowie, Maryland, autumn 2010, 2011
Co-Presenter, MCPS New Employee Onboarding workshop, Rockville, Maryland, autumn 2010 and winter, autumn 2011
Presenter, Education Systems in Turkey from an International Teaching Perspective, Living in Istanbul and a Glimpse into a U.S. Education System. Turkish Consulate, Washington, D.C., April 2010
Presenter, Seven Effective Strategies to Help Mainstream Second Language Learners in the General Education Setting, Istanbul International Eastern European Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 2009
Enthusiastically forge ahead as a lifelong learner while being the best Mama to my son, daughter to my mother, and friend to my village I can be.
Elevate my “travel enthusiast spirit” by trekking to multiple countries on all seven continents; three continents to go!
Fulfill my long-term dream of becoming a published author (an international travel children’s book and a memoire).
I aspire to be a race and equity practitioner, scholar and international consultant focusing my work in advocating for increased attention to the needs of diverse gifted children, in particular, African American and Latino students and their families, so that they may benefit from local “highly accelerated and enriched” programs in order to have a positive impact on their local and global communities.
Why is a doctoral program important to you?
I’m incredibly fortunate to be the mother of a healthy, social, inquisitive, observant, and oftentimes tenacious, two-year-old toddler, a gift of responsibility I do not take lightly. My son is my inspiration, my drive, and my motivation. Every decision I make circles back to the impact it will have on him. I reflect extensively my actions and the effect they have in shaping him into a well-rounded/grounded contributor to our society. I want every decision I make to be one that aids my ability to help him have a healthy moral compass so that one day he will be a positive change agent for social justice domestically and globally. I want him to be proud of me. It’s important that the activities and professional development in which I engage are ones he can be proud of and inspired by. In addition to parenthood, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to study abroad, travel internationally, and thrive in my career. Five years ago, I had an epiphany; I would become a mother, and I would secure my doctorate by 45. These two desires, though very seemingly dissimilar, would not only be personally rewarding, but would also be two ways in which I’ve felt I could leave a legacy of “paying it forward” in the world.
While I’ve been able to see my first desire of becoming a mother come to fruition, I now look forward to the work of securing the second—earning my Doctorate in Organizational Leadership (DOL). I staunchly believe the course offerings, the cohort expectations, the cutting-edge, 21st century, action research–based instruction, and the rigorous accelerated program completion in Hood College’s DOL program are a perfect match for my personal and professional goals. I also believe, as a mid-career professional with varied experiences in leadership, world travel, cross-cultural communications, language acquisition, curriculum writing, program development, and working with adults, that it is time to once again stretch myself professionally.
The efficacy and fidelity of instruction and coursework offered in Hood College’s doctoral program will allow me to learn the tools needed to become a scholar-practitioner. I understand that effective instructional and culturally responsive teacher-leaders do not just impact students and adults within the four walls of their settings, but they also move beyond their classrooms to rouse others to participate in the process. The leadership, research, and community-galvanizing tools I’ll garner from the program will extend my reach and allow me to effect change on an international platform as well.
Favorite Leadership Books
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and Hidden Power of Character, by Paul Tough
Favorite Leadership Quotes
“It’s time for us to be comfortable with the uncomfortable conversation about race. If we truly believe in equal rights and equal opportunity in America, we need to have real conversations about this issue. We can’t be color blind, we have to be color brave.” —Mellody Hobson
“Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.” —Shirley Chisholm
"Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another." —John C. Maxwell