Proven Leadership, Proven Results

 

Fiscally Responsible

  • Hired In-house General Counsel (achieving cost savings and better legal support)

  • Hired First Ever CFO for the District

  • Adopted Capital Plan With No New Debt While Addressing Growth in the District

  • Opened Health Clinics (no cost to employees and cost saving for district)

  • Instituted Collaborative, Transparent Budget Process and Popular Annual Financial Report to Increase Community Comprehension of Budget

  • Surtax Funded Renewal Projects are Proceeding as Promised and Under Budget with Clean Audits for Five Years

  • Required ROI Evaluation on all Spending over $100,000 Dollars

  • Cut $38 Million Dollars From the Budget in the Last Six Years

  • Eight Plus Years of Balanced Budgets and Clean Audits

  • Built New Elementary School With No New Debt

  • Expansion Coming to South Lake With No New Debt

  • Expansion Coming to Mims Elementary With No New Debt

Improved Academic Achievement

  • Graduation Rate Has Risen to 90.3% From 86% in 2018 (with consistent growth in all subgroups) 

  • Over 4,000 of our 5,000 Graduates Earned a Scholar Diploma (Advanced Coursework) or a Merit Diploma (Career and Technical Certifications) in 2022.  Forty-Two Percent of Graduates Earned Both Scholar and Merit

  • Over 400 Students Per Year Earn an Associates Degree at High School Graduation (saving families millions of dollars per year)

  • "A" School District Rating Since 2017 with NO "D" or "F" Schools

  • Beating National and State Results for Closing Learning Gaps Post Pandemic

  • Brevard Outperformed the State in Civics and US History End of Course Exam Scores in 2022

    • 65% of Brevard Schools Increased the Percentage of Students Scoring at or Above Grade Level in Civics​

    • 41% of Brevard Schools Increased the Percentage of Students Scoring at or Above Grade Level In US History

  • Brevard Outperformed the State in Biology, Grade 5 Science, and Grade 8 Science in 2022. 

    • 54% of Brevard Schools Increased the Percentage of Students Scoring at or Above Grade Level on 5th Grade Science in 2022​

    • Atlantis Elementary Increased Their Mean Score by 13 and the Percent of Students at or Above Grade Level by 25%

    • Oak Park Increased Their Mean Score by 6 and the Percent of Students at or Above Grade Level by 13%

    • 59% of Brevard Schools Increased the Percentage of Students Scoring at or Above Grade Level on 8th Grade Science in 2022. 

    • 61% of Brevard Schools Increased the Percentage of Students Scoring at or Above Grade Level on their Biology End of Course Exam in 2022. 

    • Astronaut High School Earned a 10 Point Increase in Biology

  • Brevard Outperformed the State In English Language Arts in 2022 in ALL Grade Levels Based on the Percent of Students at Level 3 and Above, the Scale Score, and the Percent of Students at Level 1​

    • 65% Of Brevard's Schools Increased the Percent of Students Performing at or Above Grade Level in Grade 7 ELA and in Grade 9 ELA

    • 54% of Schools Increased the Percent of Students Performing at or Above Grade Level in Grade 4 ELA. 

    • Atlantis Elementary's Mean Score Improved 10 points and the Percentage of Students Performing at or Above Grade Level Increased by 19%. ​

  • Brevard Outperformed the State in at Least Four Grade Levels in Math, Algebra, and Geometry in 2022 With All Grade Levels Showing an Increase in the Number of Students Performing at or Above Grade Level, a Decrease in the Number of Students Performing at Level 1, and the Scale Score​​

    • Coquina's 6th Grade Math Mean Score Improved by 9 Points and the Percent of Students Performing at or Above Grade Level Increased by 20%​

    • Mims Elementary's 4th Grade Math Mean Score Improved by 11 Points and the Percent of Students Performing at or Above Grade Level Increased by 21%. 

    • Madison Middle School Improved Both 7th and 8th Grade Math

Expanded Opportunities For Students

  • South Lake Reopening as Choice STEAM School With No Barriers to Access (with an expansion coming in 2023)

  • Riverview Restructure

  • Expanded Career Training, #1 in the State With over 40% of Graduates Graduating with a Career Certification

  • Won Support in the Legislature to Expand Options (Nearly $10 million in Allocations for Federally Connected Land, Aviation, Construction, Advanced Manufacturing, Welding, Firefighter Academy) 

  • Expanded AVID Programs at Astronaut High School and Madison Middle School

  • Reinvigorated STEM at Madison Middle School with Innovate and the Maker Space Lab

  • Established State of the Art Welding Program at Astronaut High School

  • Championed Northrop Grumman and Project Lead the Way Partnership to Provide Cybersecurity Program at Titusville High School

  • Supported the NASA HUNCH Program at Space Coast Junior Senior High School

  • Supported the Teacher Academy at Space Coast Junior Senior High School, Replicated the Program at Bayside High School

  • Initiated All Teacher Academy Graduates Receiving Vouchers to Work With BPS Upon Graduation

  • Supported Embry Riddle Partnership with Astronaut High School to Provide Dual Enrollment Opportunities for Students in a Premier Aeronautical Engineering Program

  • Championed a New Cafetorium at Mims Elementary Making Way for Special Innovative Programming at Mims Elementary

  • Supported the LAUNCH Program at Space Coast Junior Senior High School

  • Expanded Internship and Apprenticeship Opportunities for Students to Get Workforce Experience While in High School

  • Expanded Career and Technical Education Opportunities into Middle and Elementary Schools

Advocated to Support Student Success and Well-Being

  • Established Thrive By Five Program to Support Early Learning

  • Created a Community School at Endeavor Elementary to Support Student and Family Success

  • Advocated for The District Wide Mentoring Framework Making it Feasible to Launch Mentoring Programs in All Schools

  • Championed Sources of Strength Programs in All High Schools and Expansion to Other Schools as Possible

  • Initiated Mobile Fingerprinting to Enable More Parents to Participate in School Activities, Supporting Their Students and Others

  • Eliminated Finger Printing Fees to Make Schools Accessible to More Parents and Community Members

  • Increased Mental Health Supports

  • Kept Schools Open Through the Pandemic

  • Hired Family Liaisons To Work With Families to Encourage Student Attendance and Provide Necessary Resources for Success

  • Increased Social Workers in Schools to Address Student and Family Needs

  • Advocated for Numerous Individual Parents and Students to Resolve Challenges

Prioritized Student Safety

  • Accelerated School Security Project Timelines

  • Expanded District Security with K9 Officers and Analysts to Monitor Threats​

  • Personally Completed Security Specialist Certification to Ensure Understanding of the Training and Caliber of Individuals Being Placed in our Schools

  • Established School Security Officer Model for the State by Hiring Retired Law Enforcement and Those With Prior Military Service to be Trained in Active Assailant Response

  • Moved Polling Locations Out of Most Schools to Limit Access to Schools by Individuals That Could Not Be Vetted for Safety

  • Adopted the RAVE App For Immediate First Responder Notification of Issues of Concern in Our Schools

  • Advocated for Promotion of the P3 Campus App That Allows Anonymous Reporting of Issues of Concern (which has saved multiple lives)

  • Advocated for CPR Training for All Students

  • Instituted Mandatory EKGs for Athletes

Improved District and School Culture

  • Hired New Superintendent

  • New Leadership in Multiple Positions

  • New Discipline Plan and Re-imagined Alternative Learning Centers

  • School Culture Index is Up

    • 88 Percent of Parents Feel Welcome at Their Child's School

    • 86 Percent of Parents are Satisfied or Very Satisfied with Their Child's School

  • Structured Cross-functional Collaboration Within the District

  • Increased collaboration with BASA, BFT, 1010

  • Increased Communication with Internal and External Stakeholders

  • Successfully Renewed the Sales Surtax with Increased Levels of Community Endorsement

Advocated for Teachers and Staff

  • Increased Planning Time for Teachers

  • Granted Flexibility in Scheduling (increased use of  comp time and additional flexibility in comp time usage)

  • Highest Teacher Raise (5%) in Many Years in 2015. Additional Raises Each Year Since Then Averaging Nearly 3% Per Year

  • Changed the Evaluation Process for Administrators and Instructional Staff to Give Valuable Time Back to Both Groups

  • No Layoffs During the Pandemic While Cutting the Budget

  • First District in the State to Provide Paid Parental Leave for Both Parents for Birth or Adoption 

  • Infused $41 Million Into Health Insurance Trust Fund to Avoid Premium Increases for Employees for Seven Years

  • Developed Path for Instructional Assistants to Become Teachers With District Assistance

  • Provided Bereavement Leave

  • Fought for Protections for Annual Contract Teachers

  • Advocated for Longevity Supplements for Veteran Teachers and Staff Members

  • Increased Planning Time During Non-Student Days

  • Increased Supplements and Summer Training Rates

  • Advocated for Sick Time Use Before and After Student Days

  • Supported Teacher Work Days at End of Quarters

  • Increased Pay for Covering Classes During Planning Periods

  • Fought to Include Teachers in Bonuses and Minimum Salary That the State Cut Out

  • Supported No Sick Time Use to Go to Well-Care Clinics

  • Supported Sick Leave Bank

  • Supported Surgery Plus to Save on Health Care Costs

  • Advocacy for Many Individual Teachers on Their Unique Issues

Volunteered In/For Our Schools

  • PTO President Oak Park Elementary

  • School Advisory Council Member

  • Parent Leadership Team Member

  • Title 1 Parent Education Provider

  • Parent Leadership Conference Presenter

  • Student Mentor

  • Supply Zone Volunteer

  • Brevard Schools Foundation Volunteer

  • Individual Student Support and Small Group Support at Endeavor Elementary

  • Junior Achievement Volunteer

  • Substitute

Continuing Education and Service

 

School Board Chairperson 2016-2017, 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022

FSBA  Advocacy Committee

FSBA Legislative Subcommittee

FSBA Federal Relations Subcommittee

Leadership Florida Education Class III

Standards Institute

Textbook Adoption Summit

Certified Board Member

Master Board Certification

Certified School Safety Specialist

Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification

Brevard Homeless Coalition

Swim Safe Forever

Florida School Labor Relations Service

 

Recognitions

 

2011 National PTO of the Year

2013 St. James Image Award for Service to Community and Church

2013 City of Titusville Community Service Award

2019 Who We Play For Heart Health Champion

2021 Nominee for City of Titusville Community Service Award

None of this was achieved 
solo.  I give credit to our amazing leadership team
at the district, as well as our
awesome school based faculty and staff
for their dedication and hard work carrying out our strategic objectives and 
serving our students.
Thank you for your support and dedication to our students !