Expertise DescriptionI have over 25 years experience in school administration with a focus in education, school safety, threat assessment management, active shooter response, violence prevention, bomb incident management, and parent reunification. I have additional training in emergency planning, school safety, policy development, and violence prevention. I prior experience offering my services as a school administration expert witness.
Areas of Expertise
• Licensed in Ohio as a superintendent and principal
• Doctorate in Educational Administration
• Educational Specialist Degree
• National expert on school safety, violence prevention, and crisis management
• Member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals
I am currently an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at a University as well as Director of the Educational Leadership program. I am also the Director of Programs for the Educator’s School Safety Network, a national non-profit that provides safety training, consultation, and resources to educators. We work with urban, suburban, and rural K-12 districts and high education institutions throughout the United States and Canada. Effective procedures and training would have resulted in an appropriate standard of care, prevented this tragedy, and protected the vulnerable student. While the situation in the case clearly has implications for board policy and procedures, the “breakdown” and subsequent damages most likely occurred at the building level with the staff and administration there.
I am an expert in areas related to student safety and school safety in general. I also have expertise in educational administration including hiring, screening, and supervision of staff and the standard of care required by schools.
My background and expertise is as a practitioner and a researcher. I have 28 years of experience in public education, primarily as a school administrator at the elementary and secondary levels. I am a tenured professor and department chair in educational administration and educational leadership. I am the founder and Director of Programs of a national non-profit that provides training, resources, research, and technical assistance in all areas of student safety. I am the author of an upcoming ASCD book on school safety, as well as numerous journal articles, research publications, and media interviews. I have established and on-going working relationships with DHS and FEMA in course creation, teaching, and special project development.
|Ed.D.||Educational Administration||University of Toledo – Toledo||Ohio|
|Ed.S.||University of Toledo – Toledo||Ohio|
|M.E.||Curriculum and Instruction||University of Toledo – Toledo||Ohio|
|B.E.||Secondary Education||University of Toledo – Toledo||Ohio|
Certified DHS instructor and trainer
Superintendent Certificate, 7-12 Principal’s Certificate, K-12 Gifted Validation