This year marks my twentieth year in the education field, and my passion for working with children and families has only gotten stronger with each passing year. My education and training, combined with my extensive teaching and administrative experience, work with diverse populations, stellar customer service, steely resolve, creative pursuits, and commitment to personal and professional excellence, meld into what I refer to as Academic Savvy. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts in Education from Pepperdine University (summa cum laude), a Professional Clear California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and professional training with the Gessell Institute of Human Development training and Schools Attuned. As well, I’ve attended and presented workshops at numerous local and national professional development conferences over the years as I strive to keep my skills updated and to combine proven methods with current best practices. Suffice it to say – I’m a lifelong learner.
Throughout my professional career, I have purposefully worked in a variety of educational settings to acquire an extensive cache of management and teaching tools. Here are a few highlights from my current leadership position as Assistant Head of School at St. James’ Episcopal School:
- I am currently in the seventh year of advising sixth grade families in the secondary school admissions process (grades 7-12), totaling 300 families by the end of the school year. During my tenure at St. James’ Episcopal School, I have played a key role in maintaining a 95% acceptance rate to distinguished independent schools in Los Angeles, on the East Coast, and Korea.
- I had an integral role in guiding the school as it experienced multiple changes in administrative leadership over a six-year period by orienting and training new school leaders on policies, procedures, curriculum, student discipline, admissions, calendar, and daily school life. As a result of my leadership and initiative during this period, I was promoted to Tuition Assistance Committee Chairperson in 2010 and to Assistant Head of School from Director of Upper Elementary in 2011.
- I oversaw the distribution of a $55,000 technology gift and supervised the installation sixteen SmartBoards throughout the school campus. As well, I played an integral role in the actualization a $36,000 grant to implement the school’s first iPad foreign language software program.
- Between 2007 and 2012, I submitted proposals on standardized testing and independent school leadership and equity to three national conference workshop selection committees and was chosen as a presenter each time from over 500 workshop proposal submissions from across the United States.
In addition to my life’s work as an educator, I’m passionate about international research and cultural studies. Visiting global communities helps to expand the boundaries of my existing paradigm, and immersing myself in culturally-rich environments heightens my creativity and sense of connectedness. My zeal for dance and cultural exchange has taken me to Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, China, and Korea to study with master artists, activists, historians, and scholars. Each trip has given me more tools with which to innovate in the field of education and help clients strategize and problem solve in ways that other consultants cannot.
Discovering the point of intersection between passion and ability. Heightening intellectual drive. Igniting sparks of creativity. Deepening collective expertise and collaboration. Integrating best practices. Increasing the capacity for self-actualization. As a leader, educator, artist, and global citizen – these are the things that matter.
As an administrator Ms. Arrington consistently showed her genuine interest in and dedication for our children and the school. Ms. Arrington addressed our questions promptly and always had positive solutions. It was a pleasure working with her!Elementary School Parent