Women Who Lead In Education Interview and Talk Show
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Shelley Anderson, Principal
Shelley Anderson is a middle school principal in Northwest Washington, DC who has spent the past 15 years fighting to ensure that all students have equitable access to a rigorous and engaging curriculum. Her campus was recently named the only “Leveler” Ward One DC Middle School by the DC Policy Center, a distinct honor that means it is one of a handful of DC public schools to close the achievement gap and get positive results with at-risk youth.
Before relocating from Dallas, Texas to Virginia, she was an assistant principal in inner-city, mostly minority high school in Dallas. During her time there the campus earned 7 out of 7 distinctions from the state of Texas for outstanding academic achievements, and she was named Dallas ISD AVID Assistant Principal of the Year.
In addition, she has experience as an educational consultant, central office academic facilitator, campus literacy coach, and as a secondary Science, ELA, and AVID teacher. Shelley was a part of the 2017 and 2019 Harvard Graduate School of Education Urban School Leaders Cohorts and was the 2019 Greater Washington Urban League Election Committee Chair. She also was a 2018 Stanford University School Re-Tool Fellow.
Her deepest passion is being a mother to her brilliant, five year old son, Trey, who is on the Autism Spectrum.
Dr. Rosalynn Gaskins (Dr. Roz), Teacher Leader
Dr. Roz Gaskins began her career as an elementary school teacher in a large urban school district in the Washington DC metropolitan area (DMV) . Early on, she knew that she wanted to devote her career to improving teaching and learning within urban schools. As department chair and teacher leader, she often led professional developments focused on cooperative learning, character education, and differentiating instruction. During her years leading in the school system, she served as instructional coach, instructional lead teacher and grade-level administrator. As an instructional leader, she led teacher teams to utilize data to increase student achievement within Title I and turnaround schools.
Dr. Roz earned her BS in Elementary Education from Morgan State University, MS in Curriculum and Instruction (Administration) from McDaniel College, and EdD in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University. Her research focused on the role of instructional coaches within professional learning communities.
Dr. Gaskins continues to collaborate with teachers and school leaders as the CEO and founder of The Village Leadership Group, LLC. She is committed to utilizing her skills and knowledge of instructional leadership, professional learning communities, and data inquiry to transform the learning culture of schools.
Dr. Taiwanna Anthony, Assistant Principal
Dr. Anthony is originally from Natchez, Louisiana. She attended and graduated from Natchitoches Central High School. Prior to completing high school, Dr. Anthony was selected to participate in the HCOP preparatory college program at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Upon completion of high school, Dr. Anthony enrolled in Northwestern State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work and a Master of Education with a minor in Educational Technology Administration. In between that time, Dr. Anthony enrolled in Southern Methodist University to pursue a certification in Spanish. In tandem with SMU, Dr, Anthony also studied Spanish at the Instituto de Mexico. Dr. Anthony also attended Texas A&M University to obtain her Education Administration certification.
Dr. Anthony pursued her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Prairie View A&M University where she major Educational Leadership and Counseling with a minor in Human Resources and a concentration in Education Administration.
Dr. Anthony began her career as clinical social worker with Pleasant Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Pleasant Hill Louisiana, and the Salvation Army in Dallas, Texas. She began her career in education with Red River Parish School District, where she taught second grade. She also taught reading and computer technology with Dallas Independent School District, from there she taught Computer technology and a reading/ test prep class in the District of Columbia
Public Schools. In addition, she taught all levels of history and computer technology for Maryland State Department of Education. Dr. Anthony currently instructs students in an urban school district right outside of the District of Columbia.
Dr. Anthony has served as an educational consultant, a panelist at numerous education forums, a community activist, media correspondent with IBMTV and has served as a special guest across various media platforms. She has authored numerous peer reviewed scholarly articles and developed a strategic mentoring process known as “eMentoring”. She has written numerous children’s books and served as an independent reviewer for the Merlot Journal of Online Learning and Teaching.
Dr. Anthony is currently in the process of publishing two more children’s books and her personal memoir; “Beauty and Brainz: A Blessing and A Curse”.
Dr. Kimbria Jackson, Assistant Principal
Dr. Jackson is the Assistant Principal of Mathematics and Science at a high school in Washington, DC. She was a member of the NASSP 2018 cohort for Secondary Principals. She served as the Math Instructional Coach and Curriculum Writer for District of Columbia Public Schools. Not only has she been serving DC Public Schools, but she also works closely with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Teacher Quality and Retention Program, where she provides professional training for participants in the field of education.
Dr. Jackson is originally from Warner Robins, Georgia, however lived in Atlanta, Georgia for 10 years. While in Atlanta, she was a high school math teacher for 8 years and a high school Math Instructional Coach for one year. She received her Doctoral Degree in Education, Instructional Leadership at Argosy University in Atlanta, Georgia, and completed her Education Law Certificate program at Indiana University in 2020.