Mrs LaVonne Taliaferro-Bunch (left) and Dr. Kelsey Collie, Executive Director, Arts and Humanities Programs.
Meet Our Lead Instructor and Curriculum Design
LAVONNE R. TALIAFERRO-BUNCH, Lead Instructor, Staff Trainer, and Curriculum Design and Evaluation EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR & ADVOCATE Professional Summary: Dedicated and impassioned professional with a stellar record of experience and achievement in leadership and in education. World-class educator who optimizes classroom learning by emphasizing arts integration and the value and professional development to optimize teaching and learning and leadership. Demonstrated talent for establishing and maintaining staff and strong student relationships that enriched learning environments and optimized learning. Capable administrator with firm understanding of complex business and education models and their implementation.
Core Competencies: ENRICHMENT & TALENT DEVELOPMENT /PARENT TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS/ CURRICULUM PLANNING/ CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT/ DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION/ DIVERSIFIED STUDENT ASSESSMENTS/ LESSON PLAN DEVELOPMENT/ EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT/ MANAGEMENT / PROJECT MANAGEMENT/ TUTORING/ STAFF DEVELOPMENT / PROCESS & PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT / CHANGE MANAGEMENT / CONFLICT RESOLUTION /CHILD CARE PUBLIC SPEAKING /POLICY IMPLEMENTATION /ADVOCACY/ CLINICAL SUPERVISION/ARTS & STEAM ADMINISTRATOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCECHILDREN & CHARITY INTERNATIONAL/SCHOOL TURNAROUND/LONGVIEW AND ASSOCIATES/DO THE WRITE THING/ACADEMY OF HOPE/LITERACY VOLUNTEERS/ED PARTNERS GROUP/ ACADEMY OF HOPE/ MAPLE SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH COMMUNITY SERVICE CORPORATION /CHILDREN AND CHARITY INTERNATIONAL Washington, DC. 2014 to present ADJUNCT PROFESSOR/CLINICAL SUPERVISOR, BOWIE STATE UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP AND EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTWashington, DC. 2014 to present Strengthen capabilities and drive rapid, sustainable and systemic change to deliver quality education for all. Design and deliver scalable and equitable transformation initiatives to collectively accelerate schoolwide or systematic success. Consult by teaching and coaching administrators in the development of projects. Executive, measure and report on change strategies and training initiatives. Apply strategies through a best practices through a systems-thinking approach. ILEAD INSTITUTE – Washington, DC. 2014 to present
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & FOUNDER: Provide professional development on implementation strategies for literacy, numeracy, environmental sciences, and museum studies for teachers, parents, students, and administrators. Engage and expose students to expeditionary learning experiences through the Museums Model. Galvanize educational stakeholders around the issue of educational reform and arts integration. Participate in educational focus groups to promote reform efforts that support children in poverty, STEM education, tutoring, Montessori and Reggio.
EXCEL ACADEMY PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL – Washington, DC 2014 to 2015 CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER/HEAD OF SCHOOLS. Stabilized and developed foundational structures in all-girls’ school with 700+ early childhood, elementary, and middle school students. Effectively worked with leaders to develop a strategic plan aligned to the Performance Management Framework while being sensitive to the cultural, human capital and academic needs of the school. Oversaw allocation of resources to drive an optimal balance among financial, operational and academic priorities. Hired senior level staff responsible for supporting and leading operations, finances and academic performance. ▪ Improved performance on DC Public Charter School Board’s Qualitative Site Review. ▪ Established the foundation for a STEAM-focused curriculum. ▪ Effectively managed a $13.4 million budget and a staff of 120.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SIMON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Washington, DC 2013 to 2014 INSTRUCTIONAL SUPERINTENDENTAdministered proven classroom learning techniques and enhancements to boost achievement in low-performing school. Leveraged extensive and diverse leadership experience to uncover and rectify educational deficiencies. Implemented and guided transformational programming, including Junior Great Books, guided reading, Writer’s Workshop, human development, and arts integration to attain and sustain quantifiable improvements in students’ basic critical thinking and foundational reading skills. ▪ Improved reading levels by two levels. ▪ Increased math Paced Interim Assessments by 11%. ▪ Achieved attendance ratings gain above 95%.
MYRTILLA MINER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Washington, DC 2006 to 2013 PRINCIPAL & CHIEF LEARNING OFFICEREfficiently administered complete budget analysis and oversight spanning $4.9MM to $5.3MM and staff spanning 86 to 100 on a daily basis. As CLO, leveraged human development background to maintain staff development and collaborative learning in a Title I school with 500+ students, with 20% of students in special education programs and more than 83% in free/reduced lunch programs. Implemented lesson study model of teaching and learning, and delivered comprehensive scholastic institutional management. Evaluated student curriculum and program development concurrent with staff professional development and training to drive student achievement. ▪ Fostered more than 25 partnerships to forge necessary foundations for a global, culturally- responsive instructional program aimed at creating lifelong learners for the entire learning community. ▪ Created and oversaw Men of Miner, a networking group to promote education among underserved males in the community, including GED preparation.
MYRTILLA MINER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Washington, DC 2004 TO 2006 ACTING PRINCIPALPromoted from Assistant Principal position to serve for interim period as Acting Principal. Managed, budgeted, evaluated, developed, and trained staff to support student achievement. Focused as the instructional leader laying foundations for comprehensive, integrated instructional program(s) aimed at creating lifelong learners of the entire learning community (students, staff, parents, and community partners).
SEATON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Washington, DC 1997 to 2004 FIFTH & SIXTH GRADE TEACHERImplemented prescribed curriculum as given by DCPS. Concurrent assignment as: Migrant Education Coordinator, DC After School for All Coordinator, Student Activity Fund Manager, both member and chairperson for the Local School Restructuring Team and member of the School Chapter Advisory Committee. Served School Council Leadership Team, and ran multiple after-school programs.
ADVOCACY EXPERIENCE / ADVISORY BOARDS/ BOARDS CAPITOL HILL PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENT ORGANIZATION (CHPSPO) – Washington, DC CO-FOUNDERAs co-creator and leader of community-based organization, foster and drive parent involvement and instructional exchange to uncover educational issues and enact institutional change within the DCPS. DC3 COLLABORATIVE FOR CHANGE – Washington, DC 2008 to 2013
PRINCIPAL ADVISERDeveloped and maintained professional learning communities (plc) for collaborative. Provided nine (9) citywide DCPS schools with budgetary and curricular autonomy to share resources for PLC creation. Advocated for equitable learning opportunities of high standards for all students, regardless of race, color or zip code. BOARDS AND ADVISORY BOARDS Maple Springs Community Service Corporation, Board Kid Power, Board/ Advisory Board The ARC of DC, Advisory Board United Planning Organization, Foster Care Grandparents Advisory Board SOFTWARE USEDPeoplesoft, Integrated Financial Management Information System used to manage monthly closing cycle, generate financial reports, input budgets reconcile accounts, and process payments Pass, a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool used to store and track client data, pull current and historic information, forecast revenue projections Microsoft Excel, manipulate large sums of data, reconcile accounts, calculate ratios, lookups, sumifs, what ifs, pivot tables,worksheets, charts, tables and graphs, forecasting, cash flows, detail process improvements Adobe, create and format reports to be delivered to senior level executives Microsoft Word & PowerPoint, write reports, format and edit documents to be presented to senior executives Prezi, create presentations for staff and workshops Blackboard, Use this educational technology learning management system to communicate with students in reference to assignments and grades Goreact, Integrate this video teaching competency-based software to have online face to face interaction with colleges Zoom, Video communications, with a cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, Microsoft Teams, Teach, Meet & Collaborate in One Place. Video Conferencing. Google Classrooms, Invited participants to join a class through a private code, or automatically imported from a school domain. EDUCATIONExecutive Master’s in Leadership – Georgetown University – Washington, DC, May 2017 Reggio Emilia Institute, Reggio Emilia Italy, 2009 Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Principals' Institute, 2008 Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership – George Mason University – Washington, DC, May 2003 Carnegie Institute for Science and Mathematics, 1998-2004 Agriculture in the Classroom & Teach Us - Department of Agriculture, University of the District of Columbia Cooperative Extension, 1998-2004 Bachelor of Science – Howard University School of Education – Washington, DC, May 1995 Awards, Affiliations, Consulting and ExpeditionsDelta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, Federal City Alumnae Chapter, Washington, DC Longview & Associates Consulting Do The Write Thing - Educational Consultant School Turnaround, Educational and Leadership Consultant Academy of Hope- Adult Literacy- Consultant Literacy Volunteers- Consultant Georgetown University – Consultant for the Ackerman School of Business, University of South Africa Focus: Small Business Development Capital City Church – Be the Love, civic Awardee – Washington, DC May, 2013 TEACH US- global initiative on sustainability– CHINA, 2001; SOUTH AFRICA, 2002 Council School Officers (CSO) Administrators Union 2004-2013 National Council for Teachers in Mathematics (NCTM), 1998-2013 DC Council for Teachers in Mathematics (DCCTM), member 1998-2013 National Science Teachers Association References Available Upon Request