Curriculum Specialist | Achievement Consultant
Dr Kendra Strange promotes high expectations for learning communities by equipping stakeholders with instructional tools for unprecedented achievement.
Kendra Strange's Bio:
Dr. Kendra Strange's resume includes work as a professor, teacher, elementary and high school principal, Bilingual/ESL director, Curriculum Director, Assistant Superintendent and School Improvement Consultant. Dr. Strange consults for districts throughout the U.S. leading teams to enhance instruction and produce rapid achievement results. Kendra has also served as an LSI faculty member and works with the Marzano Center as a staff developer, content writer and leadership coach.
Kendra's love of teaching began while doing Mission work with her church in East Africa and South East Asia. Coming from a family of pastors and missionaries, this path of service was a natural choice for her. Kendra lived overseas for about three years doing mission work and teaching children to read and write in the remote villages of Kenya and The Philippines. Kendra returned home for what she thought was only a few months stay to renew visa paperwork and accepted a teaching job at an inner city school. Thinking the assignment was only temporary until her visa paperwork was complete, she soon realized a career was born. Although Kendra never returned to working with children in third-world countries, her determination to change the world through educating children spurred her to complete her doctorate in order to better equip herself to lead school reform and create equity for all children.
Dr. Kendra Strange offers districts a unique skill set from a PK-12 perspective that few educational practitioners possess. Kendra has a deep understanding of instructional best practice that allows her to guide district teams to create vertically aligned curriculum and intervention plans that lead to rapid achievement gains. Her powerful command of literacy instruction impacts achievement across subjects through content-literacy professional development, curriculum planning and training.
Kendra is a sought after public speaker tackling tough topics such as closing performance gaps of at-risk students, advanced academics for low preforming campuses and ensuring rigor during intervention efforts. Speaking at National and State conferences from Washington D.C. to Puerto Rico, Dr. Strange is committed to presenting her research on best instructional practices to bring awareness to and share solutions to the perceptual equity gaps in our education system.
Dr. Kendra Strange has spent her career facilitating the success of at-risk students, closing performance gaps and equipping educators with instructional best practice that shatters would-be achievement gaps. Kendra ignites passion in those she leads and has high expectations all members of professional learning communities. As a servant leader, Dr. Strange's colleagues have described her as a “leader with grit” and one who “gets in the trenches with her principals and teachers”. Kendra’s love for students and deep belief that all students can be successful drive her success as an educational leader.
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Kendra Strange's Interests & Activities:
On a personal note, Kendra loves to cook farm to table and organic cuisine, is a passionate NFL fan - Go Cowboys! - and enjoys volunteering at local animal shelters, and teaching Sunday School at her local church. Kendra doesn't have any kids of her own yet, but her nephews and her 100lb rescue puppy keep her busy year round.