A BIT OF OUR HISTORY

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Leadership

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(Executive Director/Founder)

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Dedrick has been serving urban students since 1999 both as a teacher and a school leader. Dedrick’s career in urban education began in a high school classroom as a substitute and has since served in roles as a High School Biology and Chemistry Teacher, Secondary Curriculum Administrator, Master Lead Teacher, Technology Coordinator, Alternative School teacher, Dean of Students/Assistant Principal and Principal (Co-Ed and Single Gender). Dedrick has also served urban students in non-classroom/school based roles as an author of one book and several professional articles addressing urban education.  Through completing several nationally respected school leadership programs like the KIPP Principal Leadership Program at New York University, New Leaders for New School, Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom, Gulf Coast Business Council Masters Program, SUPES Superintendent Academy, Get Smart Schools School Leadership Fellowship, and TeachNOLA’s Master Teacher Corps Selector Cohort, Mr. Sims is currently and has received extensive training in instructional leadership, operations, finance, and governance, along with significant exposure to the nation’s highest performing urban charter schools. Mr. Sims holds teaching licenses in the states of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi as well as a K-12 Administrator license in Mississippi and Louisiana.

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(Principal)

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Caroll Duran began her career teaching 8th grade English when she graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver in December of 2004.  Since then, she has worked in education with all grades K-12. In addition to English, she has taught ELA, Special Education co-op classes, Humanities, Gifted and Talented courses, and various college preparatory writing courses. She has served in the roles of: Teacher Mentor, Community Outreach Coordinator, Data Team Leader, Administrative Intern, Department Chair, and as a leader in multiple school-wide initiatives. In August of 2009, she attained her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Denver, and plans on eventually pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.

 

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(Dean of Students)

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Ali Jackson is our new Dean of Students. More information on Ali coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

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(Business Manager) 

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Dolores comes to Sims-Fayola International Academy after nearly thirteen years of paraprofessional administrative and finance experience with a number of corporate entities. Dolores served as a Senior Administrative Coordinator and Administrative Assistant at “Thermo Fisher Scientific” during her seven and one half years tenure.  She also served as a Branch Administrator at “Rose Care Inc.”, for two years, and as an Administrative Assistant at “Onsite Companies” for two years.

Dolores acquired a certificate of General and Religious Education at Southern Methodist College in Orangeburg, SC and has continued her studies at the Community College of Aurora, CO and the University of Denver, CO.

 

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(Beyond Fayola Coordinator) 

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Angelin Thompson has been a classroom teacher for the past ten years, having taught in Illinois, Mississippi and Louisiana. Most of her career has been in urban and title one schools. She is dedicated to proving an equal playing field for underserved students. Ms. Thompson has been department chair six out of her ten years of teaching. She was instrumental in developing reading and writing curriculums for the last school she served in. She has also been honored by her peers as teacher of the month three times, volunteer of the year for her work in the community and honored for being a living organ donor. Her commitment to excellence and belief in service is evident in all of the activities she participates in.

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(Administrative Assistant) 

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Bio Coming Soon!

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