Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
I was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Business Management and worked in that field for nearly 12 years before becoming a teacher. Having acquired Chef’s training at the world renowned Culinary Institute at Hyde Park, was key to my entry into education. I was hired and worked for 10 years in a vocational school teaching Culinary Arts to Secondary school students. I promptly went back to school and went on to earn a Master’s of Education degree at Marywood University and became certified as an Educational Technology Specialist. I decided to continue studying and received certification as a K-12 Administrator. I decided to continue onward to complete my Ed. D. from Temple University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. I graduated in 2007. As a teacher I have spent 10 years in Secondary education. Over the last 10 years I have worked as an administrator of several large and culturally diverse K-8 buildings, with students in excess of 1200 and personnel numbering 60-100, in both rural and urban settings. I have previously worked in the realm of higher education as well, as a university adjunct professor and special programs administrator, and have a wide variety of educational experiences. On a personal note, I have 4 beautiful children - 3 boys and a girl, all of them below the age of 15. Having my own family you can imagine that I am busy, just as you may be, with a full time position; balancing a relationship, and working hard to give my children a great childhood; balancing extra-curricular activities with academics. All four of them bring me great joy!