Delaware Academy for School Leadership
The Delaware Academy for School Leadership is growing our team.
Please welcome two new full-time Leadership Specialists
who will join DASL in August 2021.
Dr. Amy Grundy has been a proud educator for 30 years. Most recently she served as the Director of Elementary School Operations, in the Red Clay Consolidated School District, where she supervised 14 elementary school principals and supported day to day operations. She served as a coach, a mentor and facilitated professional learning for her team, centered on timely and relevant topics. She facilitated the Red Clay Aspiring Leadership Academy; a program dedicated to building the district administrator pipeline. In her previous role with Red Clay, as the Manager of School Turnaround, she supported schools identified by the state as needing improvement. During her three-year tenure in this role, the schools she worked with all met their targets. Earlier in her career, Dr. Grundy taught middle school math, served as a high school assistant principal and as a middle school principal, all in the Christina School District in Newark, Delaware. In her role as principal, where she led for eight years, her school exited from “Under Improvement” by meeting annual targets. Dr. Grundy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and her masters and doctorate degrees from Wilmington University.
Dr. Ann Little was a middle school principal in the Cecil County, Maryland School district. She has 30 years of experience working in the public school sector as a language arts teacher, department leader, Title I resource teacher, and administrator. She has a strong knowledge of instruction and leadership balanced by a passion for supporting marginalized students, especially those impacted by trauma. Earning her Ed. D. from Walden University in 2011, she has successfully led her schools through the implementation of Common Core, training in Trauma-responsive Instruction, Restorative Practices and most recently, the use of virtual and hybrid instruction with the COVID-19 pandemic. A life-long learner herself, she enjoys reading, DIY projects, and spending time with her family.
In order to serve schools better, we will also collaborate with outstanding practicing school leaders who will serve as consulting Leadership Specialists of Practice.
Joining the DASL team as consulting Leadership Specialists of Practice are:
Dr. Clifton Hayes, Dr. Andrea Cordett, Dr. Gary Bloom, and Dr. Glenn Pethell.
Each bring expertise in areas that DASL plans to focus on this year.
Dr. Clifton Hayes has experienced the field of education through the lenses of a student, parent, teacher, disciplinarian, assistant principal, adjunct professor and his current role as the principal of Delcastle Technical High School. He has taught students on the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. He has received many awards including the Delaware Assistant Principal of the Year Award. In addition to serving his students, Dr. Hayes represents Delaware principals as the state coordinator for the Delaware Association of School Principals (DASP) as well as serving as a board member for several organizations.
Dr. Andrea Coddett is the founder and CEO of Empowered for Learning, LLC, an educational consulting firm committed to improving life outcomes for underprivileged, disenfranchised and differently abled youth. She is also an adjunct professor for Mercy College and Fordham University, teaching graduate and doctoral educational leadership courses. As an educator for close to thirty years, Dr. Coddett began her career in education as a Special Education teacher, after which she became a building-level Math Specialist. In her administrative career, Dr. Coddett has worked as a District Math Specialist, an Early Childhood Principal/ Director, a K-5 principal, Director of Secondary Special Education, Assistant Superintendent, and Deputy Superintendent. Dr. Coddett is a graduate of Fordham University, where she earned a doctorate in Executive Leadership. She holds Masters’ Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading specialization and Educational Administration from Pace University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mercy College. Dr. Coddett also holds administrative certifications in School District Administration and School Building Administration and Supervision and teaching certifications in Special Education, birth through 21, and General Education, N-6. Having lived in and been educated in four different countries on three different continents, Dr. Coddett considers herself a global citizen. She contends that as an educational leader, she is one of tomorrow’s gatekeepers and believes that every child deserves an excellent education. As a learning leader and lifelong learner, Dr. Coddett’s personal motto is “Empowered for Learning, Empowered for Life.”
Dr. Gary Bloom currently serves as a national consultant focusing upon teacher and school leadership development, coaching and supervision. He recently retired from the position of Superintendent of Santa Cruz City Schools, a K-12 school district south of the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to joining SCCS, Gary co-founded the New Teacher Center at the University of California Santa Cruz and served as its Associate Director for School Leadership. Prior service has included K-12 teaching, site and central office administration, and as university faculty. He is the founding principal of the Alianza Bilingual Magnet School and the founding administrator of Central California’s innovative and highly acclaimed Anzar High School. Gary has presented and consulted with school districts and local, state and national agencies in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and Central and South America. He has presented at many conferences at national and state levels, and is the author of dozens of articles on topics related to instruction, school leadership and professional development. He is lead author of Blended Coaching: Skills and Strategies to Support Principal Development and Powerful Partnerships: A Handbook for Principals Mentoring Assistant Principals, and Coaching-Based Supervision for Principal Supervisors. He is co-editor of The Peer Assistance and Review Reader.
Dr. Glenn Pethel currently serves as a leadership consultant, working with The Wallace Foundation. Prior to this work, he served as the Assistant Superintendent of Leadership Development for Gwinnett County Public Schools, the largest school district in Georgia. He also served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Gwinnett and as the Executive Director of Human Resources for the St. Johns County School District, St. Augustine, Florida. He has served as an adjunct professor for Emory University, the University of Georgia, and Georgia State University. His work in public education has focused on human resources and talent management, primarily through leadership in the recruitment, selection, and development of teachers and school-level leaders. He currently consults in leadership development, principal pipelines, and leadership in crisis.
Announcement posted July 23, 2021 by Delaware Academy for School Leadership, College of Education and Human Development, University of Delaware. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the Delaware Academy for School Leadership.