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Experienced public educator with an interest in fostering and supporting educator effectiveness in people and systems that will comprise the next generation education workforce A strong belief in the merits of the public school system balanced with the belief that innovation and creativity and accountability can exist within that system A professional career focused on maximizing opportunities for students who lack advocacy, support and encouragement to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities A strong belief that education can be the great equalizer in a society in which the gap between the "haves and have-nots" continues to widen Specialties Development of comprehensive systems aligned to standards (e.g., teacher standards aligned to higher education teacher preparation programs and teacher evaluationcompensation systems) student dropout prevention teacher effectiveness state-level policy and grant writing