B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A., University of Chicago
Ed.D., University of St. Francis
Prior to teaching at the university, I was School Social Worker for 9 years in a local school district. I continue to hold a professional educators license as a school social worker. I am, also, a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Illinois.
I earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from USF in 2018 with a published dissertation titled the “Impact of Individualized Interventions on Academic and Behavioral Success of At-risk American-American and Hispanic boys”. Also, I earned a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration (equivalent to an MSW) from the University of Chicago in 2012. Additionally, I earned a Bachelors in Sociology with a concentration in African American Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010.
Professionally, I have over 10 years of experience working with at-risk youth. I have had the opportunity to work with youth within the public school system, non-profit sector/social service programs, and within community engagement events in the city of Chicago and in neighboring Suburbs. Overall, I am passionate about being an effective servant leader, advocating for youth within urban, educational settings, and influencing other compassionate leaders in social/emotional well-being, social justice efforts, and restorative justice efforts.
As part of my teaching philosophy, my goals are to guide students to have a sense of purpose, awareness and reflection. Also, to teach that learning is an ongoing process that changes individuals’ knowledge, practicality, and assumptions. I aim to provide a safe environment that allows students the space and opportunity to mature and add quality to their personal and professional selves.