To provide quality enterprise leadership focused on supporting positive change management, building relationships and developing strong partnerships through organized, thoughtful, open and innovative management techniques.

Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL
Since 2001

Chief Officer, Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services
Current
  • Tasked to reorganize the largest department in the district having an annual budget of $1B within the 3rd largest school district in the country consisting of a $5.5 Billion dollar annual budget with a focus on increased student achievement and bringing stability in resource allocation/expenditures.
  • Developed a structure to recruit and hire skilled administrators to support schools in implementing guidelines that bring equity in resource allocation with over 52,000 students with disabilities across the district’s schools.
  • Updated data dashboard for detailed management reports to assist drive positive administrative efforts.
  • Established and implemented training for school principals to achieve new guideline standards supporting equity for students with disabilities across the district.
  • Strengthened collaborative relationships with city agencies, community organizations and community advocates.
Deputy Chief of Networks, Office of Network Supports (ONS)
2014 – 2016
  • Administered the Office of Network Supports (ONS) which acts as advocates for children and schools in Central Office initiatives, policy, and procedure decisions and partners with Central Office departments on major initiatives that directly impact schools in the Chicago Public School system which currently serves 400,000 students across 660 schools.
  • Set and monitor expectations for all schools and the Chiefs and Staff of the13 geographic networks (regional areas/districts) with scheduled evaluations for performance and accountability.
  • High Quality Differentiated professional development program to build expertise across K-12 instruction and Bi-Lingual education.
  • July 2015 selected to act as chief negotiator representing the Board of Education with the Chicago Teacher’s Union and served as 1 of 3 members of the CEO created working group to establish and recommend significant district changes.
  • Created safe and reflective practices for administrative staff through opportune coaching sessions.
  • Collaborate with Chicago Public Education FUND/CEO on administrative vacancies, interviews, forecasting and leadership efficacy.
Principal, Bateman Elementary School
2012 – 2014
  • Selected by the Local School Council to lead and develop this neighborhood school to greater college readiness.
  • Developed systems, structures and routines to support teacher collaboration and focus on increased student achievement.
Principal, Pulaski International School of Chicago
2010 – 2012
  • Selected by Pulaski International’s Local School Council to lead the school through its transition to an International Baccalaureate school, while developing the school’s Regional Gifted Center for Spanish Speaking English Learners.
  • Implemented systems and structures that support data informed decision making based on growth-based assessments resulting in significant gains in student achievement.
Acting Officer, Office of Performance Management
2009 – 2010
  • Requested by the district to develop and implement a structure for School Performance Management (SPM) for all elementary and High Schools.
  • Created a process and protocols which guided data informed decision-making for based growth assessments.
Instructional Officer, Office of School Turnaround
2008 – 2009
  • At the CEO’s request I was responsible for opening and providing on-going support to two reconstituted elementary schools, and supporting two other high-need schools.
  • Over a four month period, schools were successfully staffed and curriculum selected with professional development standards that prepared the staff to advance the learning needs of students.
Deputy Chief Officer, Office of Instructional Design & Assessment
2007 – 2008
  • Tasked along with the Chief Officer to oversee and facilitate the work of 4 curriculum departments: K-8 Math & Science, K-8 Literacy, K-12 Libraries and K-12 Arts Education.
  • Resulted in revamped district curricula in reading, math, and science being introduced, implemented, and supported at scale to address the achievement gap.
Principal, South Loop Elementary
2002 – 2007
  • Collaborated with the school community and the district to develop systems and structures that brought stability and coherence to the students and school.
  • Increased the quality of teaching and significantly increased student achievement.
Instructional Coordinator, Region Three Administrator
2002
  • Administrative leader for principals and teachers in 110 schools to improve the delivery of instruction and educational services to students in over ninety elementary and high schools.
Principal-in-Residence, Robert Healy School
2001 – 2002
  • Received a fellowship from the Chicago Board of Education and New Leaders for New Schools to study urban educational leadership and serve as a Principal-in-Residence.
ADJUNCT FACULTY
2000 - Present

University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL
2016 – Present
  • Provide graduate level leadership courses for school principals and assistant principals.
Loyola University Chicago, IL
2010 – Present
  • Provide graduate level leadership courses for school principals and assistant principals.
Columbia College, Chicago, IL
2000 – 2002
  • Taught graduate level multicultural education course for Chicago Public Schools bilingual teachers.
  • Guest lecturer for middle-school educational methods and psychology courses.
Facing History and Ourselves, Chicago, IL
1998 – 2001

Program Director
1999 – 2001
  • Selected to serve as member of the National Senior Staff.
  • Directed and managed the Chicago Regional Program staff in facilitating workshops, institutes, and other professional development programs on issues of diversity for teachers, schools, districts and universities.
Program Coordinator
1998 – 1999
  • Managed K-12 school reform project funded by the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.
  • Fostered collaboration among faculty, administrators, Local School Councils and parents of three economically and culturally diverse Chicago Public Schools.
Teacher, St. Ignatius College Prep, Chicago, IL
1996 – 1998

  • Developed and taught religious studies courses that explored philosophy, theology, human development, and individual and societal change.
  • Assisted in the formation and implementation of a five-year faculty development plan.
Director of Education, Better Boys Foundation, Chicago ,IL
1996

  • Directed 4 programs in a community-based organization delivering educational services to youth, teens, and families.
  • Supervised 20 staff members to meet the needs of the community.
  • Brought programs into compliance with state and agency standards and regulations.
Eastside Catholic High School, Bellevue, WA
1982 – 1995

Department Chair
1993 – 1995
  • Served as 1 of 6 department chairs on administrative team responsible for faculty professional development, supervision, and school-based problem solving.
Head Counselor
1991 – 1995
  • Developed and implemented a broad range of workshops and seminars for faculty, staff, students, and parents addressing the personal and social needs of the school community and provided direct counseling services to students.
Teacher
1982 – 1995
  • Developed and taught courses that explored human development, ethics, world religions, human relations, contemporary moral problems, and human rights.
  • Ed.D., Education Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009
  • M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, Seattle University, 1995
  • M.T.S., Theological and Education Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, 1979
  • B.S., History, Portland State University, 1975
  • Certifications: Illinois Type 75 Administrative Certificate with Superintendent Endorsement.

Baccellieri, P. (2009). Professional Learning Communities: Using Data in Decision Making to Improve Student Learning. Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education.

  • CPS Social Science Initiative (2008) – The social science initiative aims to develop a three year implementation plan to develop curricular and instructional coherence as well as collaboration between schools, teachers, and partners throughout Chicago. The Chicago Community Trust, J.P. Morgan Trust, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trust awarded $250,000 for the first year of this initiative.
  • The Chicago Data Initiative (2007) – The objective of this project is to enable teams of teachers in schools across CPS to use data and formative assessments to improve instruction and increase student achievement. The Chicago Public Education FUND awarded $420,000 over two years for this initiative.
  • Advisory Board Member for the Jesuits Global Education Initiative, Rome, Italy (2016 – Present)
  • Advisory Board member for the Education Department, Columbia College, Chicago (2005 – 2011).
  • In October 2008, the Chicago Board of Education approved the opening of a new elementary school, South Shore Fine Arts Academy, a replication of the model developed and implemented at South Loop Elementary School during my tenure as principal.
  • The editorial board of the Chicago Tribune recognized South Loop Elementary School for its data practices in its five-part series “From Here to Excellence” 2007.
  • Participant and presenter in Senior Staff Retreats and engaged with other leaders about school and district change and development (2005 – 2007).
  • Presenter 2016 'Using Data to Enhance Learning, Not Just Measure it’, Office of Regional Superintendents, Centralia, IL
  • Presenter 2013 Academic Growth for All Students, Featured School Workshop, Raising Student Achievement Conference, Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents, St. Charles, IL
  • Presenter 2012 Leading School Change, The Eighth Annual Instructional Leadership Conference, Loyola University Chicago
  • Presenter 2011 Using Data in Decision Making to Improve Student Learning, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
  • Presenter 2009 A Professional Learning Community Develops, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Presenter 2008 Data-Driven Leadership, Darden School of Business, the Darden/Curry Partnership, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Presenter 2008 Leading Improvement in Literacy: From the School to the District, Presenter, International Reading Association. Atlanta, GA
  • American Association of School Administrators
  • Chicago Principal and Administrators Association; Illinois Principals Association
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; International Reading Association