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Desired Industry: Education/Teaching/Training SpiderID: 81112
Desired Job Location: Sterling Heights, Michigan Date Posted: 6/20/2018
Type of Position: Full-Time Permanent Availability Date:
Desired Wage: 90000
U.S. Work Authorization: Yes
Job Level: Management (Manager, Director) Willing to Travel: Yes, 50-75%
Highest Degree Attained: Doctoral Willing to Relocate: Yes

Multifaceted, detail-oriented, and results-driven professional with comprehensive experience in managing educational programs and services; complemented with adeptness in fostering students’ cognitive and social growth and encouraging teachers’ continuous improvement. Possess expertise in conceptualizing and implementing innovative instructional programs and strategies that brought positive results to school improvement, such as student retention, enrollments rates increase, and academic success. Display competencies in developing strategic alliance with school leaders to provide high-quality academic guidance and support to diverse student populations.

Covenant House Academy Detroit - Covenant House Academy Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction 2012–Present
Function effectively as a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, responsible for guiding four principals on hiring, terminations, promotions, and performance evaluations. Conduct in-depth research on school performance metrics and present the findings to the authorizer and board of directors as opposed to standardized testing results. Handle the preparation of around $2M federal and state programming budget in establishing high-quality programs for youth within alternative programs. Lead all phases of curriculum development and implementation throughout three academies of the Covenant House. Render effectual support to the superintendent in creating and maintaining high-quality educational programs and services. Work with external financial services vendor in controlling approximately $3M annual program budget. Preside over curriculum and instructional programs assessments for overall evaluation efficiency and program enhancement recommendation to superintendent and board. Facilitate trainings of staff on delivery of blended learning through core course, credit recovery, and supplemental instruction. Serve as peer reviewer for charter school planning grant review processes of the Public School Academy (PSA), in charge of presenting reviews and scores of startup schools’ grant applications as well as requesting approximately $250K funds in collaboration with team members on periodic invitations from the Michigan Department of Education.
Notable Accomplishments
Brought significant contribution in the inauguration of Edgenuity/E2020 online instruction in traditional classroom of four academies of the institution
Partnered with counselors within traditional schools in distinguishing eligible to graduate, as well as overage and under-credited students, which prevented overage students on education disengagement; enabled students to have second chances to graduate in high school; and optimized postsecondary access opportunity and earning of livable wage ability
Successfully acquired funding sources in providing supplementary instruction, pupil support services, staff professional development training, and enrichment programs to students with high-risk situations by organizing federal and state grants, such as Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV, Section 31a, Section 41, and IDEA
Devised marketing and branding initiatives for staff and students in accordance with mission and vision, as well as enrollment projections of each school, which attained 85% to 90% staff retention rate every year and maintained targeted population enrollment within minimal budget amendments
Established a research-based, three-year professional development training program for the improvement of credit recovery program; thereby boosting course completion rates, fulfilling state requirement of 95% standardized test participation rate, and increasing graduation rates and enrollments in postsecondary programs
Enhanced parent involvement activities by 30% within three years
Succeeded in maintaining incremental test score gains in English and Social Studies subjects

Curriculum Director 2010–2012
Oversaw the creation, modification, and maintenance of curriculum and instructional programs across three high schools of the Covenant House in compliance with new and emerging laws and district policies. Provided high-level of hands-on support on budget planning and management. Offered assistance to principals in directing and prioritizing school improvement initiatives. Acted as a keynote speaker for staff training and workshops on school-wide initiatives, professional learning communities, extended learning programs, and dropout recovery efforts.
Notable Accomplishments
Gained appointment to facilitate senior-level functions for outstanding performance and student commitment on educational support to the Covenant House
Expertly handled reform plan of the Michigan Department of Education, including implementation of direct instruction into curricula and evidence-based programs for academically deficient youth, which resulted in rapid turnaround of student achievement in two years

Covenant House Life Skills Center, Detroit, MI
Administrator 2005–2010
Directed and coordinated daily operations of technology-focused and alternative high school, which involved fostering a safe and welcoming learning environment.
Notable Accomplishments
Contributed to the successful startup of the school and founding principal
Completed and exceeded program objectives on enrollment, retention, and diploma attainment
Demonstrated proficiency in utilizing modified teaching techniques, which improved standardized testing scores of underperforming students

Doctor of Educational Leadership in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning, Apr 2018
Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, May 2008
University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI

Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Dec 2003
University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI

Master of Science in Administration, Apr 1991
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI

Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, Dec 1990
Davenport University, Dearborn, MI

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
National Alternative Education Association (NAEA)

School Startup and Grant Management | Educational Standards Compliance | Budget Administration
Staff Performance Evaluation | Parent and Student Relations | Modified Teaching Techniques

Additional Information:

Certified Professional Teacher in English (BA) Grade 6 to 12, State of Michigan, Valid Until: Jun 2023
Certified Professional Teacher in Business Education (GX) Grade 6 to 12, State of Michigan, Valid Until: Jun 2023
Certified K-12 School Administrator, State of Michigan, Valid Until: Jun 2021


Member | Annual Candlelight Vigil - Covenant House Michigan
Member | Homeless Sleepout Committee - Covenant House Michigan


Cunningham, A. (2018). Credit recovery and grade point average in an alternative high school system. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies. (4917)

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