Can you talk about your journey to becoming Resident Principal at Technology Preparatory High?
When I was in college I thought I would become a doctor, so I majored in biology and planned to go to medical school. After more research, I found that I loved education and really wanted to teach.
My first teaching position was in Prince George’s County. I learned about Friendship Public Charter School and interviewed at Friendship Blow Pierce, where I taught for three years. I was the Department Chair for Science and was named the 2010 Blow Pierce Teacher of the Year. I went on to become an Instructional Coach at Friendship Collegiate Academy. After that, I became Academy Director and helped design the Health Sciences Academy as part of our National Academy Foundation grant. At Friendship Collegiate Academy students are able to learn about many different fields. There are academies for engineering, IT and health sciences. Now I am the Resident Principal at Technology Preparatory High. I am currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Bowie State University.
What advice would you give a fellow leader or teacher?
Whether you’re a principal or a teacher, it’s very important to find out why you want to be a teacher or leader. As a leader, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the vision and to communicate this to staff, offer support and hold people accountable. Teachers must do the same for their students. You must be driven by this vision every day and every decision you make should be informed by data, too. At the end of the day, you have to be passionate about what you do.