- Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership - Superintendent Endorsement, Lewis University
- M.A. in Educational Administration, Governors State University
- Elementary Teaching Certification, Governors State University
- B.A. Psychology, Lawrence University
- Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
- Elementary Principal
- Assistant Principal
- Elementary Teacher
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
- National Association of Elementary School Principals
- International Reading Association
- All students can learn. It is the responsibility of schools and teachers to discover each student’s individual path to learning success.
- All students should experience personal success in their educational experience.
- Schools must be continually responsive to changes in instructional practices and the learning needs of students.
- Schools should strive to provide multiple and diverse opportunities so students develop personal identities and a sense of belonging to the schools in which they attend.
- Teachers are not just teachers of content. They are teachers of strategies that allow students to be successful in school and in life.
- All educators are models for learning, for respectful and cooperative relationships, and for solving problems peacefully.
- Students should be involved in their learning by understanding what they are expected to learn, how they are expected to learn it, and by monitoring their own learning progress.
- Students should not be afraid to put forth effort, take risks, and ask questions for fear of failure. That is when learning occurs.
- Schools should have a welcoming and positive culture so all stakeholders – students, staff, parents, and community enjoy being part of the school.
- Schools should develop traditions and celebrations to recognize student success.
- Schools should care for students. Students should know that the adults in the school care about them and will take care of them.
- Education is about learning. Learning should be measure in a variety of ways so all students can demonstrate what they have learned.
- Academic rigor is not about the number of assignments or the amount of homework students receive. Rigor comes with providing learning experiences that engage students to think critically, discover connections, and go deeper into content.
- Literacy is the key to success. Students must be able to read and comprehend to be successful in the next grade, in higher education, or in their career choices. Therefore, all teachers must be teachers of reading.