“Every decade of my life has been connected to Hillsborough County Public Schools.”
I was born and raised right here in Hillsborough County where three generations of my family chose to make this sunny spot their home. I live on Davis Islands with my husband, Jonathan, and our two young boys. When I’m not playing in the yard with the boys, I am working with students, teachers and schools in districts across the nation and volunteering and teaching at the Children’s Ministries at Hyde Park United Methodist Church and South Tampa Community Bible Study.
Every decade of my life has been connected to Hillsborough County Public Schools. I graduated from this district, chose to work in this district, and now my own children attend school in Hillsborough County. I have a vested interest in the success of this district and I am the only candidate with both detailed knowledge of Hillsborough County Public Schools and experience working in districts across the nation.
I worked for Hillsborough County Public Schools for fifteen years. First, as a classroom teacher at Gibsonton Elementary in both 2nd and 5th grades. During my tenure as a teacher, I was awarded over $7500 in grants for literacy projects, as well as a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship. The Fulbright Scholarship took me to Japan, to study their school system and culture while collaborating with educators around the world, all working to create better schools for their students.
I served as a literacy coach at Springhead and Lincoln Magnet Schools in Plant City. I was a member of the first cadre of educators to serve as literacy coaches in Hillsborough County. In this innovative role, I provided daily in-classroom support to kindergarten through fifth grade teachers in all areas of literacy.
After obtaining a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, I was hired as the first Assistant Principal of Corr Elementary in Apollo Beach. As part of the leadership team, I worked to support staff, developed safety plans and procedures, and managed curriculum for over 700 students.
DISTRICT READING RESOURCE TEACHER
I then joined the school district’s Elementary Language Arts Team as a District Reading Resource Teacher, supporting all 144 elementary schools in implementing effective literacy practices. My support to these schools included teaching, coaching, observation, and training. During my time at the district level, I created district-wide planning tools and curriculum, including assessment planning tools, data conferencing guides, and hundreds of literacy lessons. I also had the unique and rewarding experience of working with hundreds of teachers across the entire district.
During my time at the district level, one of our initiatives was implementing The Comprehension Toolkit, a resource to deepen students’ comprehension of nonfiction text and strategic thinking across all subject areas. As a result of that experience, I co-authored a professional book for teachers and literacy coaches titled Staff Development with The Comprehension Toolkits: Implementing and Sustaining Comprehension Instruction Across the Curriculum(Heinemann 2012).
After earning my Educational Doctorate from USF in Educational Leadership,where my research focused on leadership content knowledge (the relationship between principals’ reading knowledge and the leadership decisions they make to support reading instruction), I moved with my family to Northern Virginia. During my time there, I worked as the Reading and Writing Specialist for the Office of the State Superintendent in Washington, D.C., providing training, technical assistance, and professional development to all Local Education Agencies.
STAFF DEVELOPER AND LITERACY COACH
For the last eight years, I’ve worked as a staff developer and literacy coach with districts across the nation to develop effective literacy programs, demonstration classrooms, coaching programs, and systems of support for all teachers. I provide onsite, job-embedded staff development, coaching, and mentoring to schools and districts in all aspects of literacy. In this role, I’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds of teachers across the country (including New York, South Carolina, Wyoming, Texas, and Alabama) including those in Florida’s Lake County and Hillsborough’s Booker T. Washington Elementary School.
Looking ahead, I’m excited at the opportunity to serve Hillsborough County Public Schools in a new role. As a life-long educator, public schools advocate, and mother of two boys who attend school in Hillsborough County, it is my mission to ensure that all, ALL, students receive an exceptional education by design, not by chance.
If you believe that the District 7 school board member should have experience at all levels of this school system—as a teacher, a literacy coach, administrator, and district curriculum specialist—with decades of experience in Hillsborough County and across the nation working with thousands of teachers to bring the best possible education to our students— VOTE Angela Schroden for District 7 on August 18th!