Meet Your Coach

I have more than thirty nine years of experience in education. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Wayne State University, and my Doctorate of Education in Administration from American University of Biblical Studies, in Decatur, Georgia. I also completed  post doctoral coursework in  school finance, human resources, and school law at UNLV, post-graduate training in vocational education at Georgia State University and was a Danforth Foundation Administrative Leadership Team Fellow.

I was in the Clark County School District for eleven years, but came with more than twenty years experience in education and training from Georgia and Michigan. I began my tenure in CCSD as the Fashion and Child Development teacher at Clark High School. I moved to Cannon Jr. High School in was Social Studies Department Chair and taught U.S. History and Geography. In 2003 I was promoted to Dean of Students at James Cashman MS. A crowning accomplishment at Cashman was the formation of the Ladies of Distinction, a club composed of girls from rival gangs, who through group processes and community service became a positive influence in the school.  I was promoted to Assistant Principal at Jim Bridger in 2005. I was instrumental in securing resources and coordinating community volunteers from SAP, Price Waterhouse, and Bechtel Corporation. Due to my expertise in facilities I was assigned to Martin MS in 2008 to assist with the opening of its replacement school. I supervised facilities, Special Education, English, Reading, coordinated the master calendar, student activities, special events, and community relations.

I spent most of my professional career in Atlanta, Georgia. I spent sixteen years in the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) as a teacher and vocational program coordinator. After being selected as Teacher of the Year for the APS district, for my work with academically and economically disadvantaged students I worked in the Superintendent’s Office as the Teacher Ombudsman where I served as the liaison between Teachers and superintendent. In this role I organized the first Teacher of the Year Academy, published a Teacher magazine and Teacher resource guide. My final position was as a consultant at the APS Parenting Center where I wrote and presented training to parents and schools. As Principal of Faith Academy (now New Birth Academy) in suburban Atlanta, I managed all phases of the establishment of a private elementary school including and remodeling of the building, developing HR policies, hiring staff, developing curriculum and selecting materials. I also worked as the Vice President of Administration at the American University of Biblical Studies (formerly the Atlanta School of Biblical Studies), Instructional Designer, and freelance educational consultant.

            I am a knowledgeable and experienced trainer, delivering training in “Planning, Organizing, and Implementing Your Healthy Hearts Program,” (Cooperative Extension, UNR), working with and educating people from diverse backgrounds and classroom management techniques for working with children of poverty. I developed the model infusing state mandated Character Education into the secondary curriculum in the Atlanta Public Schools and have vast experience in conducting  seminars on values, time and stress management, models of teaching, and communication skills.  I have presented training on the state of vocational education at the Southern Governors Conference and taught Employability Skills to adults, Microsoft Office at Dekalb Technical Institute, and was a trainer at Atlanta University and Comerica Bank, Detroit, Michigan.

            I was the recipient of several awards including “Teacher of the Year” for the Atlanta Public Schools, the Shell Oil/NCNW Regional Excellence in Teaching Award, Southern Education Foundation Minority Role Model in Education, and Outstanding Kappa/Metro Atlanta Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.  Who’s Who in American Education.

         I am an ordained minister who has served in various ministries as an Assistant to the Pastor, speaker, and Pre-Marital Counselor.  I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. I am the mother of one son.

 

 

Published on April 21, 2009 at 5:22 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Deborah, congratulations on all of your achievements over the years. You had such an impact on me when I attended Georgia Tech and I appreciate the wisdom, advice, and support you gave me as a student and member of the Xi Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. I pray God continues to bless your life as you are a blessing to others.

    Cassy


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