To work in an educational leadership position in which I can help end the achievement gap and increase educational equity and help ensure a high quality education for all.


I have spent all of my fourteen year career working with at-risk students as a middle school language arts teacher in New York City, as the special education teacher in rural Alaska and as a behavior coach in the Gresham Barlow School District. I have worked with kindergarten through post-secondary students as well as staff at all levels. I’ve conducted trainings for hundreds of staff members as well as helped to craft and implement special education policy. My focus in on equitable discipline and academic practice.


Behavior Coach, Gresham-Barlow School District

Gresham, OR — 2008-present

Elementary, Middle & High School and the Structure Skills Center.

Accomplishments, Responsibilities & Training

  • Restorative Justice Training
  • District-wide equity team member
  • Certified Collaborative Problem Solving provider & District trainer
  • Oregon Intervention System Mentor trainer and state-wide education steering committee co-chair
  • Yellow Zone and special education data team implementation
  • Trained staff in behavior intervention, functional behavior assessments, special education law, crisis management

Resource & Methods Teacher, Behavior Support Program, Clear Creek Middle School, Gresham-Barlow School District

Gresham, OR — 2006-2008

Implemented an inclusion model in its first two years of existence.

Accomplishments, Responsibilities & Training

  • Taught classes in Social Skills, Study Skills and Behavior Management
  • Co-taught science and humanities classes
  • Created and implemented behavior intervention plans, functional behavior assessments, IEPs and conducted eligibilities
  • Piloted inclusion program for students in a behavior program
  • Trained in managing students with emotional disturbance, Oregon Intervention System, PBIS, comprehensive functional behavior behavior assessments, systems performance review and improvement
  • Member of school-wide PBIS committee, district-wide least restrictive environment committee
  • Mentored other behavior support teachers
  • Member of district wide visioning and implementation committee to restructure district special education program

Special Education Teacher, Paul T. Albert Memorial School, Lower Kuskokwim School District

Tununak, AK — 2009-2010

Special education teacher for K-12 rural school.


  • Case managed and delivered services to students with diverse needs
  • Co-taught general education classes
  • Implemented and trained staff in school-wide PBIS program

Language Arts Teacher, Middle School 258

New York NY — 2000-2006

Language Arts teacher for a public middle school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side


  • Taught English Language Arts to 6th-8th graders in regular education and inclusive settings
  • Helped to improve standardized test scores sufficiently to remove the school from the Schools Under Registration Review list in 2002 and surpassed testing goals in 2003-2005
  • Taught PE, advisory, academic intervention services, homeroom, health, community service and literacy with students with severe disabilities.
  • Committees: Pupil-Personnel (working with at-risk and special education students), leadership team (executive decision making body), professional development, field day
  • Planned and coordinated weekly school-wide professional development sessions
  • Served as cooperating teacher for student-teachers
  • Other responsibilities included: 7th grade head, lunch and recess supervision, ELA curriculum planning, Comprehensive Education Plan revision, extended day program planning, coordination and teaching


Portland State University

Portland, OR — 2013-2015

Initial Administrator’s License program (to be completed in May 2015)

City College of New York

New York, NY — 2003-2006

MS in Middle Level Special Education, 4.0 GPA

New York University

New York, NY — 1996-2000

BA in English Education

Susan Carlile, PSU IAL program  –, (503) 309 4883

Janell Black, Executive Director, Student Support Service,, (503) 261-4650

Carl Smith, Program Director, Elementary Special Education,, (503) 261-4650