Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Felicia has been an active part of the education profession for many years. During that time, she worked as a teacher of regular, special needs, and gifted students; as an elementary school counselor, assistant principal and principal. Further, Felicia worked in central offices as an Assistant Superintendent for Elementary School sand as a Director of Elementary Schools and Programs and Assistant Professor and Dean of Education at a major university. During the course of her career, she worked in urban, rural, and suburban areas and with students and staffs of many cultures and ethnicities. As Assistant Superintendent in Raleigh, North Carolina and Director of Elementary Schools in Kansas City, Missouri, she co-chaired a program with the Kansas City, Missouri School District and the University of Missouri Kansas City that provided classes and additional certification for school district employees wishing to continue their education. Felicia was co-chair of the Kansas City, Missouri School District's technology committee. She served as the chairperson for the above named district's Full Inclusion Initiative, which gave special, needs students the opportunity to participate in the regular class setting as appropriate for their individual handicap. Felicia served as the chair for the year-round study in Kansas City, Missouri. Felicia served as chair for the performance evaluation committee whose duties were to revise and implement an evaluation system that would address, effectively, teacher deficiencies and provide those teachers with strategies for improving. While she worked primarily in the public school sector, a large percentage of her career has been spent working with educators and adult learners. Additionally, she has to a lesser degree, been involved in the recruitment of teachers and administrators for the last two school districts in which she worked.
Felicia worked as an Assistant Professor of Education at several universities and served as dean of the Department of Education at one university. She served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: Early Childhood and Middle Childhood/English Language Arts Standards. Just prior to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Felicia was the Director of Education for the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans. Her research interests are: (1) Spirituality and Leadership; (2) Non-traditional superintendents in urban school districts and (3) personnel performance evaluations for administrators and teachers.