Professional Experience & Education

Professional Summary

I have worked with “at-risk” youth as a Prevention Specialist and have worked more than 32 years in Education. I have been responsible for admissions, academic advising, community outreach, directing an Upward Bound program, student activities, programming, campus climate assessment, and setting campus policy on diversity and civility. I have taught graduate and undergraduate leadership, cultural diversity and multicultural competency, and African-American male development courses.  I have also taught middle school math and science. Currently, I am the Publisher at Saint Rest Publications, Principle Consultant for Applied Academic Solutions, and work with CMSD as a Humanware/SEL Partner.

Selected Professional Accomplishements
  • Developed and wrote new professional learning modules (Race, Equity & Achievement; Intro. to Restorative Practices; SEL, Identity & Achievement; SEL, Restorative Practices, PBIS Crosswalk)

  • Active member of Equity & Inclusion team to develop the district’s first Equity & Inclusion Statement

  • Selected to represent the district on national equity work group

  • Facilitated the increased in Ohio Achievement Assessment scores in math and science grades 5th – 8th.

  • Taught, motivated and mentored students resulting in an increase in self-efficacy.

  • Developed and designed class web site utilizing various social media to ensure students and parents have access to important notes and resources.

  • Presented with student at the International Conference on Diversity in Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Recognized three times by students as a faculty who Made a Difference.

  • Developed and taught the only course in North Carolina universities specifically purposed to cultivate competencies in pre-service teachers to engage African-American males.

  • Co-developed and team-taught Psycho-educational Interactions with Black Males course at University of Pennsylvania.

  • Assessed marketing materials and worked with University Relations to redesign new ads and brochures.

  • Awarded $10,000 Serve the Underserved grant from Lumina Foundation.

  • Developed and implemented Civility in Action initiative.

  • Coordinated the production and marketing of Baba King by Dance Afrika Dance.

  • Coordinated the development, mounting, and opening of three themed exhibits for the Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery for Akron’s Black History and Culture.

  • Developed, planned, and implemented the Rev. Martin L. King Jr. “Sharing the Dream” Annual Activities Fair.

  • Coordinated and implemented College for Kids at The University of Akron; recognized by the National Congress of Black Women as their model program.

  • Implemented portfolio assessment for Upward Bound Summer Program.

  • Purposed, planned, and implemented the Hartford Middle School Adoption.

  • Implemented recruitment and retention strategies that resulted in an increase of minority students from 139/2300 in 1993 (6%) to 265/2750 in 1999 (9.6%)

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Limited Spanish

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Social learning theory and identity development 

  • Trauma informed healing centered practices

  • Restorative practices

  • Diversity, Multiculturalism, & Civility

  • Academic achievement strategies

  • Event planning and project management

  • Community outreach

  • Deliberative process and consensus building

  • Strategic planning and data analysis

  • Web design and HTML editing

  • Social media management

  • Graphic design

Professional Experience
Principal Consultant / Applied Academic Solutions [Click Here]

​2013 - present

Publisher / Saint Rest Publications [Click Here]

​1998 - present


Humanware (SEL) Partner / Cleveland Metropolitan School District [Click Here]

2017 – Present

Middle School Teacher / Emmanuel Christian Academy [Click Here]

​2013 - 2016

Assistant Professor / University of North Carolina Wilmington

2008 -2012

Military Service
U.S. Air Force / Ohio Air National Guard 179th Tactical Airlift Group

Crew Chief / Highest Rank: Sergeant (E - 4)

(1985 – 1991) Honorable Discharge

The University of Akron / Ed.D. Educational Foundations & Leadership​ (2013)

Dissertation: The Academic STARS Retention Model: An Empirical Investigation of its Effectiveness Cognate: Urban Studies

Kent State University / M.Ed. Cultural Foundations​ (1996)

Individual Investigation: African-Centered Rites of Passage, Sense of Self, and Education: Connecting Theory to Practice.

The University of Akron / B.A. Geography - Spatial Analysis (1990)



Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Cornell University (2021)

Trauma & Learning; Lesley University (2021)

School Survival: Understanding Educational Law; Summit County Community Legal Aid (2019)

Restorative Practices; International Institute for Restorative Practices (2018)

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention; Crisis Prevention Institution (2018)

Ally Trainer; The Bryson Institute (2006)

Common Ground: Deliberative Dialogue; Kettering Foundation (1997)

HIV/AIDS Prevention Specialist; American Red Cross (1992)

Afro-American Studies; The University of Akron (1990)