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I am both excited and honored to serve as split assistant principal for both Burt and Oakland Elementaries. I will share my time between the two schools, but I will be as prompt as possible in responding to the needs of students, families, employees, and can be emailed in the meantime if needed. Prior to moving into administration, I had the pleasure of opening Oakland as a PE teacher, RTI Interventionist, and before-school program math tut or in 2015 and have been a 3rd grade STEM teacher for the last few years. I also taught at Glenellen Elementary School from the time it opened in 1999 until 2015. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Austin Peay State University and my Master's Degree from Trevecca Nazarene University, where I also earned a licensure endorsement in Educational Administration. I am currently completing my Education Specialist Degree in Education. I am married and have three children, two boys ages 19 and 11, and a four-year-old girl.
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Oakland uses a positive behavior matrix that promotes student awareness in expected behaviors.  This matrix can be seen in every room, throughout the building, is described in our school handbook located in the front of each student's provided OWL planner, and builds off our character trait acronym (WISDOM) banners handing from our foyer ceiling.  Each desired trait is broken down to identify school related desired behaviors to create student understanding and awareness of expectations.  These indicators are also linked to Class Dojo, which is used not only by teachers but throughout the entire building by special area teachers, special service providers, support staff, and administrators to provide consistency for our students and with parent communication.  The six overarching categories/character traits that student friendly indicators are broken down for on the visual matrix that students are taught about and expected to strive for are:

  • Work Ethic
  • Integrity
  • Self-discipline
  • Determination
  • Optimism
  • Motivation

Follow the link below to view the full "Dojo and Matrix Cheat Sheet".  This is designed to show the connection between the values on the matrix and the skills that are on Class Dojo.