Dr. Alina Maria Columbus

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Born: Jun 08, 1957 AD
Currently alive, at 57 years of age.

Nationality: Cuban
Categories: Administrators, Educators


 

2003 —Ed.D, School Administration, Leadership and Innovation, Wilmington University

1998 —M.Ed., Applied Educational Technology, Wilmington University

1997 —M.Ed., School Administration, Wilmington University

1980 —B.A., Speech Pathology and Audiology, Brooklyn College

 

Licensure and Certifications

Standard Certificate School Leader

Standard Certificate

Principal/Assistant Principal

Specialized Assignment/Project Coordinator Red Clay Only

Speech and Hearing

 

Dr. Alina M. Columbus is a life-long learner and educator interested in the welfare and well being of all students.  She is an alumnus of Wilmington University, New Castle, Delaware having received her doctorate in 2003.

 

Dr. Columbus has worked in various school administrative capacities over the past 25 years.  She is an outstanding community leader that is dedicated to the needs of children.  From 2008-2010 Dr. Columbus tirelessly worked as Head of School at the Thomas A. Edison Charter School (TECS) in Wilmington, Delaware, with 840 students, 100 employees and managed $9 million operating budget. She was responsible for creating a high performance organization. She established measures to remove the school from the “Under Academic Watch” in 2007-2008 to “Commendable” in less than one year by using data, and implementing best practices to improve instruction. Under her supervision, TECS became a Vision 2015 school, an initiative which provides, “World Class Education for All the State of Delaware students.”  She was also responsible for all superintendent related job responsibilities, as well as serving as Director of Personnel and Director of Federal Programs.  She supervised the CFO, Director of Special Education, Achievement Director, State Testing Coordinator, Technology Director, Food Service Coordinator, Supervisor of Transportation, and Supervisor of Building and Grounds. She developed learning programs for at-risk students grades K-8, which successfully oriented students to the learning process. Promoted and facilitated funded grant proposals, with revenue exceeding $3M in three years, resulting in innovative curricular programs. Through an eMints grant every TECS student has access to a laptop computer, and every classroom a Smartboard. She recently attended Harvard School of Education to learn best practices implemented in successful Charter Schools.

 

Dr. Columbus’ vision is now to establish a viable means of improving the education of charter school students. Currently most states do not have standards by which school boards are held accountable.  Dr. Columbus plans to establish, along with nationally known experts in the education field, standards for Charter School Boards.  In addition to setting standards, Dr. Columbus’ organization will provide training for school boards and after a rigorous examination, and fully meeting the standards, provide the school board with accreditation.  President Obama’s “Race to the Top” grant program, which encourages school districts to compete for $4.35 billion, has made a strong push for education reform. While much of the education reform debate has focused on issues of adequate funding and teacher qualifications, few have addressed the role of good school board governance. Dr. Columbus’ endeavor will demonstrate a correlation between effective Charter School Boards and student performance.  

 

Prior to TECS, Dr. Columbus served as an educational consultant for three Head of School/Directors of charter schools for Innovative Schools Development Corporation (ISDC).  She developed and wrote the Consolidated Grant and School Improvement Plans for these schools. At these schools she coordinated K-12 curriculum alignment, articulation, and implementation, specifically directing the multi-year project of aligning curriculum to state standards and articulating the scope and sequence of skills.  Refined the quality and delivered professional development training, assisted with staff hiring, budgeting and daily school operations.  She helped in the development and wrote three Charter Applications, two which were approved by the Department of Education.

 

Accomplishments: 

 

2008 – 2010

Mentor to aspiring principals and novice principal for the Delaware Academy for School Leadership (DASL). 

 

Wrote and awarded grant proposals, with revenue exceeding $5M.   

 

2007 – 2008  

Assisted in designing and writing three Charter Applications.  Two applications were approved by the Department of Education.

 

2005 – 2007

Increased teacher and student retention, improved parent involvement, decreased student suspension, tardiness, absenteeism, and provided ongoing staff development to improve instruction and learning.  

 

1999 – 2005

Wrote a charter application for a Coordinated Health Charter School. 

 

Worked collaboratively with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and increased the number of after school programs in the State of Delaware to participate in the “Supper Program.” 

 

Conducted advocacy work as After-school Ambassador for the State of Delaware in

 

2001-2002

Served as an emeritus after school ambassador. To date continues to speak and advocate for after school programs in behalf of the After School Alliance and Mott Foundation. 

 

2007 – 2008  

Assisted in designing and writing three Charter Applications.  Two applications were approved by the Department of Education.

 

2005 – 2007

Increased teacher and student retention, improved parent involvement, decreased student suspension, tardiness, absenteeism, and provided ongoing staff development to improve instruction and learning.  

 

1999 – 2005

Wrote a charter application for a Coordinated Health Charter School. Worked collaboratively with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and increased the number of after school programs in the State of Delaware to participate in the “Supper Program.” 

Conducted advocacy work as After-school Ambassador for the State of Delaware in 2001-2002. 

Served as an emeritus after school ambassador. To date continues to speak and advocate for after school programs in behalf of the After School Alliance and Mott Foundation.

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