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I am honored to continue serving as assistant principal for Oakland Elementary School where I have the privilege to work closely with our students, teachers, and families in creating the most positive educational experience possible for all stakeholders. Since Oakland’s opening in 2015, I have served as a 3rd grade teacher, an RTI Interventionist, a physical education teacher and a before-school program math tutor. Prior to teaching at Oakland, I also taught at Glenellen Elementary School from the time it opened in 1999 until 2015. During the 2018-2019 school year, I served in a split administrative position where I shared duties as assistant principal at both Burt and Oakland Elementary. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Austin Peay State University and my Master's Degree from Trevecca Nazarene University, where I also received a licensure endorsement in Educational Administration. I am married with three children, two sons ages 25 and 17, and a ten-year-old daughter.
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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.

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