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I am excited to make a difference in the lives of young people by training educators, school leaders, and other changemakers using the latest research available and conducting new studies and other relevant research. 

I have been a professor at Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California teaching courses for the administrative credential program as well as the Master of Arts in Teaching program, bot online and on campus. I also lead accreditation visits for the Western Association of Schools and College/ Accrediting Commission for Schools and work with the College Board and the Education Testing Service as a consultant and presenter for one-day AP Workshops and week-long AP Summer Institutes. 

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2006 - 2009

University of Southern California

EdD Rossier School of Education,

Educational Leadership., K-12

1988 - 1992

California State University, Los Angeles.

Charter School of Education and Department of Music. MA Music Education ('88), MA Educational Administration ('92). Single Subject Professional Clear Credential in Music and Professional Services Administrative Credential.


California State University, Los Angeles.

BA, Music

Awards and Organizations


  • High School Principal of the Year, Association of California School Administrators, 2008

  • Outstanding Teacher Award,                                    United Teachers Los Angeles, 1997

  • Outstanding Educator of the Year,                                Los Angeles County Music Educators Association, 1996

  • Bravo Award Finalist,                                                Music Center of Los Angeles County, 1994


  • President, Senior High School Principals Organization, 2013-2014, 2017-19 

  • Director, Region 16, Association of California School Administrators State Board, 2013-2016

  • Music Center of LA County Education Committee, 2010-2016

  • USC Rossier School of Education Professional Development Committee, 2010-2012

  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation Commission for Schools (Visiting Team Member, 2002-2013, Chair, 2007-present)

  • President, Assistant Principal Secondary Student Services Organization, 2002

  • The College Board and Education Testing Service (ETS)

  • Endorsed Consultant, AP Workshops and Summer Institutes, 1998-present

  • AP Exam Reader, 1997-2008

  • Vice President, California Music Educators Association, Southern Section, 1998

  • Association of California School Administrators

  • National Association of Secondary School Principals

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

  • Associated Administrators Los Angeles

  • LAUSD Senior High School Principals Organization

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