As Discovery’s Assistant Principal, I lead and serve students, families, and staff by focusing on Explorers’ social and emotional learning, as well as their academic learning. I understand that certain instructional practices, such as Responsive Classroom, workshop model, collaborative learning teams, and standards-based assessment, support student success. I work to ensure that Discovery teachers engage in these practices and continue to develop their implementation of them.
I am a Wake Forest Demon Deacon and trumpet the university’s motto Pro Humanitate. After I graduated from Wake with B.A. in Elementary Education, I moved to the DC area to teach. During my time as a classroom teacher, I cultivated a love for teaching children to read and write, especially those who struggled to fit the literacy puzzle pieces together. My passion for literacy teaching and learning nudged me to pursue a M.Ed. in Reading Education and then a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. As I continued to serve as a reading specialist, I developed a desire to lead school communities. My passion for leading prompted me to pursue a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from George Mason University. I am honored to lead and serve in Arlington Public Schools, and most especially as Discovery’s Assistant Principal.
I love living in Arlington! My children attend Arlington Public Schools. I treasure time with my family. I enjoy running, swimming, and biking, as well as volunteering in the Arlington community.
Jacqueline Woodson wrote Each Kindness. Like, Woodson, I believe in kindness. I strive to choose, model, and teach kindness, each and every day.