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As an elementary school teacher in Oakland, California, I embraced the challenges of working in an urban Title I school.

In my work as a school principal in east-side San Jose, I have been successful in improving Title I schools- increasing academic achievement as well as building school cultures based upon respect and trust. Every school that I’ve led as principal has had positive academic growth (from formative assessments to state tests) as well as an increase in positive school climate. Annual survey results from parents and students consistently show positive views of my school leadership as well as impact as an educator.

I have found that having high expectations for all students and teachers, training educators in best teaching practices, and having caring and meaningful relationships with all stakeholders makes all the difference in leading schools.

In my 23rd year of education, I have found a renewed interest in using technology to engage students in reading. More specifically, I am exploring ways to use video as a vehicle for encouraging students to read more stories and tell their own stories.

I am the proud principal of Barrett Ranch Elementary School in the Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District. We’ve focused on building a culture of reading and literacy the last few years. We just received the 2018 Exemplary Reading Program Award from the International Literacy Association.