What can Ann do to help me or my organization?
- School Climate + Staff Productivity = Student Success
- Creating a Safety Net for the Most Vulnerable Students
- Successful Strategies for Supporting Foster Youth in Our Schools
- Removing Barriers to the Education of Caregiving Youth
- Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships
With over 40 years of experience in the field of education, Ann has worked with students in every grade from Pre-K to Post-graduate. Beginning her career as a teacher in the NYC, she has also held positions as a program director for the NYS Dept. of Education, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School of Education & Human Services at St. John’s University, and as a Principal in NY and Florida. When the Palm Beach School District created the Department of Student Intervention Services to provide programs and support for the most vulnerable students, Ann was appointed as Director. This department sought to provide a safety net for students whose circumstances may be “under the radar”, yet affecting their academic, social & emotional success. This extra level of support targeted homeless, foster, pregnant/parenting teens, those in the juvenile justice & alternative education system, as well as caregiving youth. Recognizing the common sense link of health related issues, Ann supervised all health, wellness & nursing services in the schools. Raising awareness of the trauma and its ripple effects on these students, as well as collaborating with a multitude of community agencies, created opportunities for those students, many without parental advocacy, thus mitigating some of the barriers they were facing each day. Supervision of The Education Network created a platform for district-wide, as well as shining a community focus on the multitude of student needs.
Ann believes in “leaving no stone unturned for students” and has created a culture of cooperation and collaboration between agencies, who share a common client—the student & their families. Understanding that no one group can eradicate the multiple barriers faced by many students, particularly those of color and those living in poverty, the common sense approach was one of leveraging resources, & joining forces to “invest in the human infrastructure” in our community.
Over the years, Ann’s role as student advocate and educational leader has been recognized by many organizations, including the Legal Aid Society, Florida Department of Education, Soroptimist International, and Florida’s Families First, as well as being voted “Principal of the Year” from the PBC Classroom Teacher’s Association, Guidance Counselors Assn, and Art Teacher’s Assn.
Ann continues the work of advocating for the most vulnerable youth through consulting on educational issues for national and local non-profits, school districts, and parent organizations. Her Kidsultants, Inc. is proud to be named an Affiliate of the Center for Strategic Philanthropy to broaden the scope of awareness and the need for collaboration across agencies to create the environment for all students to succeed in school and in life.