Class of 2010
Secondary District AVID Coordinator
B.A., Education, University of Alberta
My experience in the Educational Leadership program truly broadened my vision of education and pedagogy to a larger context. It helped me to see the “bigger picture” for all stakeholders in our community. It expanded both my knowledge base and my pedagogy where I was able to use ideas to effect the practice of teachers and therefore students’ lives most impactfully. It was the perfect blend of theory and practice for me to support that broader vision. It is that broader vision that I use everyday in my current role.
Class of 2013
K-12 Curriculum Coordinator, Social Studies
B.A. Historical Studies, University of Texas at Dallas
The professors in the Accelerated Leadership Program exposed us to a wide variety of leadership concepts and practical strategies for leading a campus. The depth and complexity of the coursework required me to not only hone my research skills but required me to expand my knowledge beyond the traditional role of a principal. When I transitioned from my campus position to district curriculum coordinator I felt completely prepared to support our campuses with research based strategies and felt I had been given the leadership tools to accomplish district goals. Overall, I feel like the program pushed us to see beyond the school walls to make a larger impact in our communities.
Class of 2015
B.S. Early Childhood Education, Texas Tech University
After graduating from Texas Tech University in 2007, I started my educational career as a Kindergarten Assistant in Carrollton Farmers Branch Independent School District. Over the course of eight years I taught students in kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade. Upon completing the Master’s Program at Southern Methodist University in Educational Leadership & Policy I was promoted to Assistant Principal. I am currently in my second school year as an Assistant Principal in Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD and am enjoying every minute of it. It is a challenging career that allows me to utilize my talents in a multitude of situations. The Accelerated Leadership Program at SMU provided me with both a well-rounded education and opportunities to make lasting connections with other school leaders.
Class of 2016
Current Job title: Assistant Principal
B.A. English, University of Southampton (UK)
I started in education as a TFA Detroit Corps member in 2011. I was a founding Kindergarten teacher at New Paradigm Glazer Academy, before taking a role as a grade level chair for second grade at another Detroit charter school. In 2013 my wife and I moved to Dallas and I was offered a role as a lead kindergarten teacher at KIPP Destiny. I transitioned to the role of Assistant Principal in October of 2015 at the beginning of my time in ASLP. During my first year I was responsible for the management of the second grade team in addition to math as a content area across the school. In the 2016/17 school year I am responsible for the upper school (2nd and 3rd grade) in addition to coaching teachers on math throughout the school. Despite the challenge of being in an AP role and completing ASLP at the same time, ASLP was a critical experience in setting me up to be a more skillful administrator with a greater capacity to influence the culture and practice of my school.
Anthony “Mason” Mason
Class of 2016, ASLP Cohort 7
Job title: Ready 1:1 Instructional Coach (Digital Instructional Coach)
B.A., English and Education, The Ohio State University
“I started my career as an ELAR teacher in Dallas ISD, later becoming an English III and Introduction to Radio & Television teacher in Plano ISD. I am now a digital instructional coach in Garland ISD helping teachers transform teaching and learning at Naaman Forest HS which recently went 1:1 with iPads.”