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- John C. Maxwell -

“Everything rises and falls on leadership”

Words to Lead By

Professional Growth Plan



Leadership does not always require a title, but rather requires having the ability to influence and inspire. I have learned that different leadership styles and characteristics are used during different situations; depending on the assignment and the group of people that I lead.  No one leadership style is the perfect approach, but rather a combination of styles and approaches is what produces positive results.


My Leadership Style

Throughout the years, I have learned to use a combination of leadership characteristics in both of my careers. I currently consider myself to be a transformational leader that has been placed in tough assignments because I place a strong focus on bringing positive change by transforming the way others in the organization think through a clear and focused vision. Having a strong vision is the foundation to transformational leadership. Effective leaders create clear and focused visions that guide the behavior of those that follow, by visualizing positive future outcomes and having the ability to communicate it with others (Northhouse, 2013). I always treat those that I lead as humans and inform them that although I am their leader; I am here to serve them and the organization as a whole. As I build stronger relationships, people’s actions will change and they realize that they are not doing things because I am their leader, but rather because their actions will result in overall success for the organization.


As an educational technology leader; I want to be a visionary for my school district by inspiring and leading in developing, implementing, and integrating the latest technology to provide our students with an excellent education and transforming our district towards a clear vision of academic success.

Philosophy of Educational Technology

My philosophy of educational technology respects the diversity of all learners and provides customized learning opportunities. Educational technology will be used to enhance the overall learning experience throughout the district to promote active learning environments where students are more engaged with the course content that is being presented to them. It will also ensure that students are prepared for their future in the workforce. Educational technology allows students to extend their learning beyond the classroom by becoming engaged with their communities, other institutions, and people from around the world.

My Short-Term Goals (Next 12 months)

  • By May of 2020, I plan to have completed my doctoral degree and begin my journey towards becoming a NJ School Superintendent.

  • By December of 2020, I plan to have attended the U.S. Sergeants Major Academy in Fort Bliss, Texas and be promoted in the U.S. Army as a Command Sergeant Major.

  • By July 2020 I plan to begin implementing my vision as an educational technology leader whether in my current position or in a new advanced position.  

My Long-Term Goals (Next 3 years)

  • I plan to retire from the U.S. Army.

  • I plan to collaborate with other cohort members and plan to do some consulting in educational leadership technology.
  • I plan to attend educational technology and leadership conferences both nationally and globally.


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  • NJ Maker Depot Conference, Totowa, NJ

  • 2017-2018 NJ Principal & Supervisory Association Leadership Academy

  • Leadership Lessons from Urban Meyer, NJPSA

  • Building Professional Communities, NJPSA

  • Strengthening Shared Instructional Leadership, NJPSA

  • Sustaining Equitable Educational Opportunities, NJPSA

  • NJCU Day Volunteer - Virtual Reality

  • 2018-2019 Monmouth University Superintendent's Academy

  • Developing a Culture of Rigor - Superintendent's Academy - October 10, 2018

  • Legal Updates - Superintendent's Academy - December 5, 2018

  • Joined The School Superintendents Association (AASA) - June 2018

  • Joined the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) - June 2018

  • "Future Ready" - Next Level Certification, Moving from Bronze to Silver to Gold Certification  - Superintendent's Academy - February 6, 2019

  • "Effective Communication with Stakeholders" - April 10, 2019

  • NJ Leaders To Leaders Mentor Training Program - NJPSA - February 2019

  • 2nd Annual STEM Made Simple Summit - Presented New Invention Proposal "Build -A- Cart - A Unique Stroller for Your Unique Child" Somerset, NJ May 22, 2019

  • Created the 1st "Girls Who Code" club (Boys are Allowed) at William B. Cruise Veteran's Memorial School #11 - April 2019

  • Presented at NJASL’s 2019 Fall Conference Hilton East Brunswick, December 9 & 10 - "The Doctoral Journey - A Panel Discussion"

  • The NJECC 34th Annual Statewide Educational Technology Conference  - January 14-16, 2020

  •  "Who Moved My School? Dealing with Change and Remote Teaching and Learning" - NJCU Department of Educational Technology, Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education on April 13, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. EST via Zoom. 

  • Panel Discussion - Reimagining the Future: A Conversation about Education and the Post-Covid School --Wed Feb 17th 4-5pm  

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