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Collaborative, confident, and courageous educational leader with 20+ years of academic, wellbeing, operational, marketing and financial leadership wisdom and possessing the proven ability to cultivate and implement authentic standards based international curriculum and innovative teaching practices that result in thriving learning environments. 

  International  Baccalaureate – Advanced Placement – Common Core – Standards-based Curriculum – Concept-based Curriculum – Student centered – Project-based Learning –  Response to Intervention – VIA Character Strengths – Positive Education – Mindfulness in Education – Accreditation (CIS/NEASC/AdvancED) – Bilingual (Eng/Esp)


AVIVA EDUCATION LLC, Wilmington, Delaware, USA 2016 – Present

Aviva - logoAn international non-profit organization dedicated to transforming school cultures by applying positive psychology interventions within curriculum and school systems. Mission driven to develop educators to cultivate flourishing children.

Articulates and drives the vision in collaboration with a 5-person leadership team and 25 global trainers focused on delivering the Aviva Certificate of Positive Education to 600+ teachers in 25 schools in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Reports to the Board of Directors to:

  • Deliver all performance indicators outlined in the strategic plan.
  • Cultivate new business relationships. 
  • Conduct reviews of all senior leadership department heads.
  • Consult with Peruvian and Colombian educational policy makers.
  • Develop new content for an expanded curriculum library.
  • Conduct training workshops for teachers and leaders. 


Screen Shot 2019-12-10 at 3.49.22 PMA coed K – 12 IB World School operating within an a larger school group comprised of 5 schools located in Bogota, Panama, Montenegro, Turkey, and Portugal.

Collaborated with the Senior Leadership Team, School Board and the London Head Office to drive the school vision. Directed and supervised a team of educators and operational staff responsible for administering the IB and Colombian National curricula. Reported to the Board of Directors.

  • Oversaw the well-being and academic achievement of all students.
  • Managed a $3.0M USD annual budget.
  • Utilized limited resources to set the stage for growth in start up phase.
  • Instituted an authentic admissions policy and a SEN program.
  • Supervised the Heads of Finance, Marketing & Admissions, and Operations.
  • Organized the AdvancED accreditation committee.
  • Created and executed the 3 year strategic development plan.

ISHCMC – American Academy, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2012 – 2015

Screen Shot 2019-12-10 at 5.17.41 PMA for-profit Common Core Advanced Placement coed secondary school within the Cognita Schools group targeted to Vietnamese students wishing to attend western universities. 

Head of School
Revisioned the school and developed the leadership capacity of teachers to build collective efficacy that resulted in student academic success.  Reported to the CEO and the Board of Management of Cognita Asia.

  • Delivered all instructional, financial, operational, and strategic goals.
  • Showed enrollment growth of 16%, 20%, and 23%, resulting in a 500% profit  over 3 years.
  • Managed a $4.25M annual budget.
  • Graduated 100% of seniors and ensure university acceptance 
  • Supervised and developed a team of 27 teachers
  • Managed the CIS/NEASC accreditation committee.


Screen Shot 2019-12-10 at 9.10.21 PMA public middle school dedicated to providing an aerospace-themed curriculum and STEM education that included a partnership with the Space Foundation and NASA astronauts to provide a 21st century Project-based Learning curriculum.

Assistant Principal
Spearheaded efforts that implemented and promoted the school mission to provide a comprehensive education to 500+ middle school students. Engaged in teacher recruitment, observations and evaluations, technology integration, STEM initiatives and pastoral care ensuring the wellbeing and academic achievement of all students.

  • Led the implementation of  a $5M USD grant that provided for a 1:1 laptop program,  flight simulator lab, video production labs, Mars-scape robotics lab, and school-wide professional development.
  • Administered successful intervention programs based on achievement and behavior data.
  • Strategized and collaborated on district and school-wide initiatives to meet  all goals and objectives.

DISTRICT 11, WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2006 – 2009

Screen Shot 2019-12-10 at 9.26.01 PMA self-contained magnet school-within-a-school program called Student centered Academic Interdisciplinary Lab (SAIL), dedicated to offering a holistic Gifted and Talented education to 100+ identified gifted students grades 6 to 8. 

Gifted Program Coordinator & Math-Science Teacher

  • Led and directed a  6 teacher team tasked with meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of twice exceptionally gifted and talented students.
  • Developed an interdisciplinary curriculum using Understanding by Design and Project-based Learning for advanced learners.
  • Taught advanced math and science to 100+ students. 
  • Administered the Cognitive Abilities Test for GT identification purposes.
  • Marketed and recruited students for the program through Open Day, Shadow Day, parent workshops, and speaking engagements. 


Horace Mann Middle School, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2003 – 2006
Middle School Math Teacher

Andalucia Middle School, Phoenix, Arizona, 1994 – 1999*
Middle School Math Teacher

The Columbus School, Medellin, Colombia, 1992 – 1994
Fourth Grade Classroom Teacher

Holladay Magnet School, Tucson, Arizona, 1991-1992

*The gap in education employment from 1999-2003 is due to launching a website development business and moving from Arizona to Colorado.


GTLOGOGeorgia Institute of Technology, 1983-1986
Athletic Scholarship
Transferred to the University of Delaware


udel_logo-250University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, 1986-1990
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Math Minor
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UCCSUniversity of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2005-2007
Master of Arts in Curriculum Development and Instruction
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Professional Teacher License
Expires: 09/23/2024
License #:324070
Issued by the State of Colorado Department of Education

School Principal License (K-12)
Expires: 12/26/2023
License #291904
Issued by the State of Colorado Department of Education

Qualified Teacher Status (K-13)
Date of QTS: 18 November 2019
License #1980720
Issued by Department for Education (UK)

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Positive Education Schools Association Conference, Presenter, 2018
Geelong, Australia 

World Positive Education Accelerator Conference, Presenter, 2018
Dallas, Texas

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Workshop, 2017
Bogota, Colombia

Positive Education, 2015
Singapore, Singapore

Mindful Leadership in Education, 2014

System for Advancing Teacher and Student Achievement, 2012
Los Angeles, California

Educating Children of Color Conference, 2012
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Performance Management Overview, 2012
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Boys Town for Administrators, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, 2011
Philadelphia, PA

Project Based Learning, 2005
Colorado Springs, Colorado

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