Current Job Title - Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Name of Organization - Cherry Creek Schools
Undergraduate Degrees - Bachelor of Arts, History, Howard University & Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, Howard University
Graduate Degrees - Master of Arts, Curriculum and Instruction (Emphasis, Bilingual Special Education) & Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction
What does your current position entail?
My current position entails overseeing the implementation of K-12 district curriculum including the Common Core State Standards as well as supporting the implementation of the educator effectiveness legislations. I am also responsible for monitoring student achievement, supervising content specialists, instructional coaches and overseeing staff development.
How did you get your current position?
I was employed within my school district in a different role. The position in which I'm currently employed served as a promotion.
In relation to graduation, when did you start the job search and when did you secure your position?
I started my job search prior to graduating. The position posted during the winter quarter, and I applied and received the position a few months before graduation.
In regard to the job search process, did anything surprise you?
I was not surprised by the job search since I was currently employed within my organization.
What recommendations do you have for current students?
Find ways to use the education you receive in graduate school to become unique. Acquire skills that will make you a difficult to replace asset.
What's the strangest interview question you were ever asked? How did you respond?
I've never really been asked a strange interview question.
Which aspects of your background have been most helpful in your current position?
My analytical skills and familiarity with academic research have supported me the most in my new role. A large portion of my job requires the evaluation of academic programs for educational effectiveness. My ability to interpret quantitative and qualitative research along with running data analyses proved to be the most helpful when it comes to making these decisions.
If you were in your graduate program again, what would you do differently, if anything?
I'm not sure I would do anything differently. I truly enjoyed my experience.
Any additional comments for current students?
Completing a Ph.D. is a tremendous amount of work, but it's well worth the journey. Once complete you learn to see the world in a different way. More than anything else this process has taught me how much more I still have to learn.