I have served in administrative capacities for the last 14 years of my career. This experience includes being the Director of Technology with two different school divisions and also serving as the principal of a combined PK-7 school for four years. I currently serve on the VSTE Board and have recently been asked to represent Region 7 on the KLIP (VA's K-12 Learning Infrastructure Program) work group that is being established by the VDOE.
Vision for VSTE
A current VSTE Board Member, I am proud of the direction that the organization is taking. While I would never want us to lose sight of the amazing things this organization has accomplished in the past, I am excited about us becoming more active in advocacy. We are a board that represents educators across the state and we are in a position to ensure those voices are heard. I also would like to see VSTE continue its work with the DOE in providing high quality professional development opportunities across the state that lead to our teachers and administrators obtaining meaningful credentialing that recognizes everyone's effort.
I began my career at Norton Elementary School, a combined (PK-7) school, as the keyboarding/technology teacher. After a two year stint there, I was afforded the opportunity to teach business education at John I. Burton High School while also serving as the division's technology coordinator. After two years in this position, I was promoted to the Director of Technology for Norton City Schools which was a position I held for 9 years. The last four years of that tenure, I also returned to Norton Elementary as their principal while continuing to lead the technology department. I was then hired by Wise County Schools and have led their technology department for the last four years. With experience in primary, middle, and high school grades as well as my administrative experience, I believe I fully understand what we ask of our educators in Virginia and I hope to continue having the opportunity to represent them as a VSTE Board member.