About Me

“I believe in excellence; therefore, I embrace and impact the mind, body and soul of EACH LIFE that I anchor towards excellence so that I can make a difference.”

Dee Thomas
Founder and Owner of Anchored With Excellence, LLC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Occupations:

  • High School Principal – 9th – 12th Grade
  • Academy Director – Kindergarten – 8th grade
  • Reading Curriculum Director
  • Founder and Tutor of Thomas Tutoring Services
  • Tutor for all age levels including adults and senior citizens
  • Supervisor for elementary tutors
  • Writing Coordinator
  • Curriculum Coach
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Testing Coordinator (State, District, End of Course Exams and Cognitive Ability Tests)
  • College Instructor (English)
  • Lead Teacher (Elementary)
  • Elementary Teacher
  • High School Special Education English Teacher
  • District Representative for Special Education/Response To Intervention
  • Student Council Advisor
  • Student Council Presenter to new Advisors
  • Trainer for Learning Environment, SFA Reading, Journey’s Reading and Writing Curriculum
  • National Youth Sports Camp Advisor/Counselor
  • Job Training Partnership Act Youth Counselor
  • Job Center Life Skills Teacher
  • Site Manager For SES Tutoring Facilities
  • Author and Creator of 3rd Grade Social Studies Curriculum on Schoology
  • Presenter for Dayton Job Corps Center – “Adversities = Opportunities”
  • Presenter for Jubilee Child Care “Kids Camp” (National Social Studies Information)
  • Presenter for Jubilee Child Care Staff – “Professionalism”
  • Presenter for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.  – “Hygiene with Teen Girls”
  • Presenter for Ohio High School Graduation Seminar – “ACT Preparation”
  • Presenter for 4C for Children – “Understanding Trauma and Its Impact” (2020)
  • Keynote Speaker for Miami Valley Child Development Inc. (2012) Dayton, Ohio
  • Speaker for the International Tutoring and Teaching Symposium (2017) Phoenix, Arizona
  • Special Guest interview for The Tutor Outreach Blog Talk Radio Show (2018) Miami, Florida
  • Guest Speaker for Delta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. (2019) Dayton, Ohio
  • Panelist at Wright State University for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. – “A Forum on Racial Disparities in School Discipline” (2019) Dayton, Ohio

Education:

  • Wright State University – Bachelor of Arts Degree in English
  • University of Dayton – Master of Science in Teaching
  • University of Dayton – Educational Leadership and Principalship
  • University of Dayton – Superintendency
  • Institute for Children’s Literature
  • Wittenburg University

Certifications:

  • Licensed Elementary Education Teacher
  • Licensed Middle School Education Teacher
  • Licensed Elementary Principal
  • Licensed Middle School Principal
  • Licensed High School Principal
  • Licensed School Superintendent
  • Certified for OTES (Ohio Teacher Evaluation System)

Organizations:

  • Member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated
  • Member of Ohio Association Of Secondary School Administrators

Innovations:

  • Created a successful Reading Tutoring Program (Data compiled from DIBELS, SRI, and monthly Benchmarks).
  • Launched DIBELS testing with an immense success of teaching teachers how to read the data and create data spread sheets.
  • Recognized for “Outstanding First Year” of implementing Open Court Reading and Journeys curriculum.
  • Started up a new charter school without desks, chairs and curriculum but created curriculum for teachers to use.
  • Wrote and published the Mission Statement for The Leadership Academies.
  • Designed and organized Reading Curriculum book rooms that had been out of commission for six years in two different school buildings.
  • Introduced and enforced the use of Lexile numbers for students to read and for teachers to implement into classwork, group work and homework.
  • Lead teacher of two house teams with twelve teachers and 360 students.
  • Exceeded the state requirement consecutively on the 4th, 5th and 6th grade Ohio reading and writing tests.
  • Restructured and implemented testing protocols for all state mandated tests and end of course exams for 2,000 students.
  • Achieved End of Course Improvement Indicator on School Report Card.
  • Trained teachers in Ohio, Florida, Colorado and Arizona how to teach and embed Reading and Writing across all core subjects.
  • Developed and created the process of documenting and using an Improvement Plan and Professional Growth Plan at the Leadership Academy.
  • Produced and created a Black History Program to include the Community, Sororities and Fraternities – DVD available.
  • Raised over a $1,000 through a talent show for students to go on field trips.
  • Involved over 500 Dayton View Community stakeholders in a school carnival for student enrollment.
  • Introduced and partnered with Cedarville University Dean for student teaching and field experiences in urban schools.

Publications:

  • Featured in The Dayton Weekly Newspaper (2006 and 2010)
  • Featured on the cover of Wright State University Office of Admission Brochure
  • Featured on the cover of The Leadership Academies Parent information Brochure
  • Starred in a Commercial For The Leadership Academies
  • Guest on TBN – Indiana to discuss “Education Today” (Video on Media Tab)
  • News Interview on CNN – Washington DC to discuss “Education As The Most Important Issue
    Today”
  • Special Guest on The Tutor Outreach Radio Show. “Expanding Your Sphere of Influence in
    Tutoring” https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1391920691

Professional Developments:

  • Miami Valley Women’s Leadership Network (2009, 2010 and 2020)
  • Celebrating Women in Leadership (2010)
  • The Mentoring Collaborative of Montgomery County Partner Certification Training (2020)
  • Buckeye Association of School Administrators (2008)
  • Child Outcome Summary (COS) – Preschool Special Education Tool
  • Behavior Support Team/Best Practices
  • Why Kids Misbehave
  • Learning Force Assessment (Curriculum)
  • Dealing With the Angry Child
  • Managing Emotions in the Work Place
  • Mentoring to Facilitate Success
  • Team Building
  • Ruby Payne
  • Crisis Prevention Intervention
  • Emotions in the Work Place
  • Professionalism
  • Crisis Management
  • Learning Environment (“The Importance of Bulletin Boards” and “Walls That Talk”)
  • Focus Walks for Classroom Environment and Teacher Feedback
  • Health Awareness
  • Self Development
  • Special Education Modifications/Writing
  • Heimlich Maneuver
  • Open Court Reading Implementation
  • Classroom Management
  • Creating a Culture of Literature
  • DIBELS (RTI)
  • Lexia (RTI)
  • ALEKS (RTI)
  • AIMS web (RTI)
  • Achieve 3000 (RTI)
  • i-Ready
  • Pathwise Training for Mentors
  • Writing Curriculum Coordinator
  • Lead Teacher Conference
  • The Meaning of Culture in Accelerating Literacy Development in Elementary Schools
  • Instructional Implementation Review
  • Schlechty School Design Team
  • Curriculum and Assessments
  • Marzano’s Instructional Strategies
  • Meaningful Sentences Training
  • Direct Instruction
  • America’s Choice
  • Journey’s Reading Curriculum
  • Success For All
  • Data Director
  • Next Navigator
  • Common Core State Standards
  • STARS
  • Formative Instructional Practices – Battelle For Kids (Ohio)
  • Schoology
  • Ohio Improvement Process/Teacher Based Teams
  • PARCC Online Assessments
  • AIR Online Assessments
  • OTES training (certified to evaluate in the state of OHIO)
  • SLO evaluator
  • NWEA and MAP

 

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