Organisation: Rockland Woods Elementary School
Hope has been an educator for 18 years. She taught middle school science for eight years before going into educational administration. She has served students as an elementary assistant principal, elementary principal, district office supervisor of elementary literacy instruction, and an adjunct professor and supervisor of student teachers for Frostburg State University. She is currently an elementary school principal of a school in Hagerstown, MD. She is a doctoral candidate at Drexel University focusing on Educational Leadership and Management with a concentration in Educational Administration.
Hope’s interest in SOLE was sparked through her doctoral work when a professor showed Sugata Mitra’s TED talk as part of an assignment. She brought the concept into her vision of creating a way to break down the barriers of age=grade traditional schooling. She implemented a SOLE time every day in her elementary school for all third, fourth, and fifth grade students at the end of the school day. She is passionate about creating a new model of schooling that works for students in the digital age and believes that SOLEs are authentic learning experiences that should be a part of the plan!