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I am self-employed as a writer, Sunrider Independent Business Owner, and education/leadership consultant. I earned a doctorate in management and organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix in 2004 and also possess a masters in educational counseling and a bachelor's in education with an English major. I am passionate about projects that I undertake and have a reputation for getting things done.

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Administrator Chandler, AZ
Consultant Chandler, AZ
Author Chandler, AZ
speaker/mentor Chandler, AZ
mediator Chandler, AZ
Independent Business Owner Chandler, AZ
More About Me
writing, reading, exercise, health, diversity, self-esteem, leadership
Work Experience:
CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Chandler, AZ March 2008-May 2008; Sept. 2008-present
Substitute Teacher
**Tore ACL in left knee end of August; had knee surgery November 2007; spent next several months recuperating

BUSINESS OWNER, GUMBO CORP CONSULTING Chandler, AZ April 2006-present
•Teacher mentoring (classroom management, time management, teaching methodologies)
•Staff development presentations/ workshops
•Author (books on diversity: leadership, adolescents, children’s, screenplay)
•Franchise owner/consultant in wellness, nutrition, weight management, anti-aging

SKYLINE MIDDLE SCHOOL Bapchule, AZ July 2008 – August 2008
Dean of Academics
•Developed curriculum for teachers, grades 5-8 to ensure alignment with AZ state standards
•Supervised and mentored teachers in classroom management and teaching methodologies

GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY Sacaton, AZ July 2000-Sept. 2007
Assistant Director of Education
•Created a K-12 division in the Tribal Education Department, including creating/writing job descriptions for new staff positions to maximize services to reservation schools and students
•Collaborated and formed partnerships with stakeholders to draft/implement policies and programs that addressed the needs of tribal students, including education philosophy, safe schools, health & nutrition, student information system, truancy, curriculum, staff development, and parent outreach
•Drafted ordinance and Code to address truancy and define the role of the Education Department
•Managed three budgets totaling over $3 million
•Conducted staff development workshops, occasional teacher evaluations, and numerous presentations/workshops on self-awareness and leading diversity at various conferences across the country and abroad
•Directly supervised staff of 14; indirectly supervised staff of 103
Education:
Doctor of Management/Organizational Leadership University of Phoenix 02/04
Master of Arts (Educa'l Counseling) University of Phoenix 05/97
Bachelor of Arts (English – Education) Arizona State University 12/92
Organizations / Affilations:
South Mountain Community College President’s Advisory Council
Previous Member of BIA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee
Board Member, Tonya Allen Services of AZ
Vanessa Girard is located in Chandler, AZ and has the following skills: Administrator, Consultant, Author, speaker/mentor, mediator, Independent Business Owner
Consulting, Writing / Journalism, Relationships, Education, Motivation / Inspiration, Health / Fitness
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Administrator

Category: Education
Description
Needs/resource assessment, strategize solutions with stakeholders, implement programs, monitor program success and adjust strategies accordingly
Relevant Education / Credentials
15+ years in education as a teacher, dean, and assistant director of education; B.A. & M.A. in Education
Years Experience: 15

Consultant

Category: Consulting
Description
Conducted numerous presentations / workshops across the country and in Amsterdam on diversity and leadership as well as classroom and time management. Practiced in assessing and engaging organizational activity and change; effective at conceptualizing, analyzing, critiquing, incorporating leadership and managerial approaches
Relevant Education / Credentials
In addition to the above credentials, earned a doctoral degree in management and organizational leadership
Years Experience: 4

Author

Category: Writing / Journalism
Description
Author of books on leadership and diversity, high school survival for tweens and teens, several children's books, and a screenplay
Relevant Education / Credentials
18+ years writing experience; published book, High School Survival Guide, self-published book, The 30- Minute Leader: Eclectic Leadership (a new model); doctoral dissertation Multiethnic Perspectives on Diversity and Leadership in Organizations
Years Experience: 18

speaker/mentor

Category: Motivation / Inspiration
Description
Well-versed in cultivating rapport and trust with educators, youth, and adult learners, as well as concerned stakeholders; exceptional organizational and creativity skills, extraordinarily adaptive, empathetic, and productive; goal-oriented; passionate servant
Relevant Education / Credentials
15+ years in education; multiple degrees; 4 years workshop/presentation experience
Years Experience: 15

mediator

Category: Relationships
Description
studied and wrote about themes inherent in diversity and lessons learned from each concept: self-esteem / identity, stereotyping, perception, and oppression. Authored the book, High School Survival Guide to assist teens with the social challenges they face in school and in life based on these themes and lessons.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Doctoral dissertation: Multiethnic Perspectives on Diversity and Leadership in Organizations
Years Experience: 4

Independent Business Owner

Category: Health / Fitness
Description
lose weight healthily, efficiently, and painlessly; instant energy; peaceful sleep; anti-aging; cell regeneration
Relevant Education / Credentials
work with naturopathic doctor and Russian M.D.
Years Experience: 1