2019-2020 Professional Growth Plan

Seek. Strive. Succeed.

"I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it."

~Jonathan Winters

I believe that my place on this earth is to create solutions for equity and personal empowerment in traditionally marginalized populations--and that vision is unwavering. I am continually focusing on creating innovative ideas that can be logically applied to enhance the human condition through improved outcomes in academic and non-cognitive aspects. I believe that individuals can be empowered to own and control their own outcomes, which is a driving force behind what motivates me to participate in social, academic, and technological developments for specific populations in order to make a significant contribution towards systemic change in their conditions. I believe in the power of individuality and creativity and a strong faculty of self-reliance to go against the grain to carve new paths so I can continue to focus on projects and activities that are truly important and meaningful to my fundamental values as an educational professional. I believe that organizations and institutions can and must collaborate for effective means at arriving at innovative growth on both societal and scholastic arenas. And candidly, I believe in not settling for anything less than excellence in my endeavors, including demonstrating the ability to be able to admit personal faults and finding the courage to continue to learn and change. 

 My goal is to ultimately create innovative solutions to intransigent problems facing our society in academic and social domains by leveraging technology to improve the human condition, particularly for disadvantaged communities. 



In the past I have often found my identity as an English and ESL teacher in urban education predefined to the approach of servant leadership, which Northouse (2013) characterized as placing the good of followers over the leaders' self-interests. But, I was simply following the paths that others have charted for myself and my students. Though I had the personal characteristic to make and execute decisions that would have meaningful impact, I would never be an agent of change  simply "following the leader." I realized I need to continually modify my practices if I am going to instigate a change in the others I lead, as well as a crucial change in circumstance for others.

Consequently, I redefined my approach to leadership in light of this recognition, as transformational leaders are "change agents who are good role models, who can create and articulate a clear vision for an organization, empower followers to meet higher standards, who act in ways that make others want to trust them, and who give meaning to organizational life" (Northouse, 2013). I believe that fervent, dynamic leadership has never been more requisite. Being able to encourage, inspire, and motivate individuals to innovate, collaborate, and institute technologies that will help themselves grow and shape the future outcomes of their lives and communities is what drives me. Transformative actions lead to the considerable and incremental distinctions that our students and society needs. Thinking about change simply does not will it to happen. I make it happen. Transformative lead. This is why I am on a doctoral journey in Educational Technology Leadership at NJCU to carve paths where there are none. 


Northouse, P. (2013). Leadership Theory and Practice (Sixth ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Where I've Been

Benchmarks for My Professional Growth Plan

I have met the following benchmarks from my 2018-2019 Professional Development:

  • Joined the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in September 2018
  • Began training with Council for Emerging Leaders Program, Cohort 8 pod at The College of New Jersey on September 1, 2018
  • Facilitated PD session on Virtual Reality in Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Somerville Public Schools ED Camp in September 2018
  • Earned Google Certified Educator Level 2 badge in November 2018
  • Acted as a volunteer judge for SIAA CODie Awards in Best Professional Development Category in K-12 and Higher Education in March-April 2019
  • Acquired Title 14 of the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification for sUAS. in June 2019
  • Worked with members of a collegiate team to develop sessions, garner keynote speakers, and plan the next Learning Forward, NJ conference in August 2019. 
  • Utilized social media platforms such as Twitter to build personal and professional learning network.
  • Collaborated and met with members of my professional team for teacher leadership at the Learning Forward, NJ Executive Board meeting throughout the year. 
  • Maintained a 4.0 GPA in my doctoral program. 
  • Volunteered my time by bringing my  registered service dog, Venus, to Children's Hospital in Mountainside and Toys 4'Tots Rally
  • Attended anti-carceral coalition (ACC) meetings with Princeton University's Prison Teaching Initiative. 

I have met the following benchmarks from my 2018-2019 Conferences:

  • Submitted proposals to Online Learning Consortium (OLC) 2019  on September 12, 2018.
    • Collaborated with John Findura on April 2-5, 2019
      1. Emerging Ideas Session: (90 minutes): Next Generation Digital Learning Environments for Use in Higher Education. Co-Presenter: John Findura, Cohort 6 Member
      2. Presentation Session (2 hours): Next Generation Digital Learning Environments & Virtual Reality: Creating NGDLE using VR for Higher Education Institutions

  • Attended the Hunterdon County Ed Tech Fest in August 2018 with members of Cohort 6
  • Attended the New Jersey Council for Teachers of English (NJCTE) 2018 Convention on September 29, 2018
  • Co-collaborated with a colleague, Theresa Rossi at the Somerset County Education Association (SEA) to facilitate: Autism: Applying Useful Techniques and Instructional Strategies to Maximize Learning in a discussion forum in October 2018. 
  • Participated with members of cohorts 4-6 from NJCU’s Educational Technology Leadership program at the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Convention on November 8-9, 2018
    • Presented interactive poster session on Emotional Service Robotics for Adolescents with Behavioral or Emotional Challenges
  • Attended the annual National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) Convention November 18-20, 2018 in Houston, TX to meet all Cohort pods from Council for Exceptional Leaders (CEL) Program
  • Participated in Breakthrough Educational Technologies of 2019 (with Dr. Laura Zieger, Terri Evans, Barbara McCarty, Karen Cotter). New Jersey Association of School Librarians Annual Conference. Long Branch, NJ, December 2019. 
  • Attended TECHSPO’19 January 24-25, 2019 in Atlantic City, NJ.
  • Created and "presented" content "Tech Tools for Educators" Provost PD at NJCU with Adnan Ezad in cohort 5 in conjunction with Dr. Zieger in February 2019
  • Attended the PETE&C Conference with the Ed.Tech Program Chair, Dr. Zieger, and members of cohort 5: Douglas Koch, Carol Munn, & Barbara McCarty in February 2019
  • Presented interactive poster session at NJEdge Teaching with Technology Showcase at William Paterson on intersecting human-robotic interactions (HRI) and social-emotional learning for juvenile justice offenders to avoid recidivism on February 22, 2019. 
  • Acted as a remote session chair for colleagues at the 2019 Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention March 27-30 in St. Louis, MO.
  • Breakout-EDU” (with Dr. Fahima Bacha). Activity Facilitator, Hudson County Community College’s Sixth Annual Girls in Technology Symposium. Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, NJ. March, 2019. 
  • Presented Building Teams that Stay at the P4CE Conference April 24-26, 2019 in Cape May, NJ.
  • Attended the 2019 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia, PA with members of Cohorts 5-6 on June 23, 2019

I have met the following benchmarks writing proposals and publications:

  • Submitted literature and research for presentation and publication for Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention 2019 on October 29, 2018 
  • Submitted a proposal on Trauma Informed Teaching with Technology Strategies  at the PADLA Conference at La Salle University on December 18, 2018. 
  • Continue to blog about independent research conducted throughout my doctoral program and for best practices to help other teachers or support professionals use technology and social-emotional learning strategies:
    • "Big Data, Decisions, & Impacts on Education" August 2018
    • "The Importance of Veracity in School Relationships" August 2018
    • "Trauma Informed Practices, ACES, and the Impacts on School Climate" January 2019
    • "Educators Need to Move Past the Past to Push Forward for True SEL" May 2019


Where I'm Going Next...

Benchmarks for My Professional Growth Plan

I will meet the following benchmarks for my 2019-2020 Professional Development:

  • I will complete the Citi Program, Research Ethics and Compliance Training to prepare for an Internal Review Board critique of an upcoming proposal to satisfy requirements towards the completion of my doctoral degree.
  • Develop a research focus for proposal consideration in doctoral research at New Jersey City University involving Latino males and STEM.
  • Read the relevant literature on Supplemental Instruction (SI) and impacts on retaining minorities in higher education as well as retaining students in STEM-related majors.
  • Read Kathy Charmaz’s text, Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide to Qualitative Analysis in order to understand how to develop theories using this qualitative approach.
    • I plan on beginning to synthesize my observations in the correctional facilities with clients using robotic applications to develop a grounded theory involving robots as emotional service companions that facilitate learning in special needs populations.
  • Resume work with members of Cohort 8 in the Council for Exceptional Leaders (CEL) to continue working on leadership priorities in English education at the state and national levels. 
  • Apply and ascertain employment as an Adjunct Professor in Educational Technology in a higher education institution.
  • I will renew my application with Princeton University to continue to work with the Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) as a volunteer professor at carceral institutions throughout New Jersey as assigned. 
  • Read Eugeny Morozov’s, To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism text as a common reader in preparation for a professional conference and round-table at University Center for Human Values at Princeton University in Fall 2019. 

I will meet the following benchmarks for my 2019-2020 Presentations: 

I will meet the following benchmarks for my 2019-2020 Proposals and Publications:

  • Submit original work on Emotional Service Robotics (ESR) for publication in American Correctional Association Magazine
  • I will continue to blog about advancing teaching practices and strategies to ameliorate the minority student academic experience on my website. 
  • I will submit a proposal for incorporating A.I. technology to improve ESL students' writing abilities for the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention in 2020.
  • Submit my first peer-reviewed journal article for publication consideration on Emotional Service Robotics to offset criminogenic behavior for juvenile offenders in carceral institutions to the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine.
  • I plan on writing an academic journal article on the impacts of teaching incarcerated adult and juvenile inmates using Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) tools in STEM-related courses. I plan on submitting the work to the journal, Education Researcher, which is housed at the University of Pittsburgh, Center for Urban Education.

Past Professional Growth Plans

1. 2018-2019 PGP Plan

2. 2019-2020 PGP Plan