Brenda Kay Small, Ed.D., has served as an educator for over 20 years.
As an International Baccalaureate high school principal and middle school principal she learned how to effectively serve the needs of gifted students and their parents. Her education leadership strengths and advocacy for Gifted Education has led to multiple conference presentations, professional development for school leaders and teachers, publications, and consulting.
She earned the Administrator of the Year Award for her work in building schoolwide career academies that focus on preparing all levels of students for post-secondary success. As a Ford Next Generation Learning Community Coach, she works in communities nationwide to build partnerships between schools, businesses and universities.
Dr. Small loves to teach. Throughout her career, she has taught masters and doctoral level education leadership courses at four different universities in two states. She enjoys the challenge of writing contemporary and meaningful graduate level education leadership course curriculum. Her school leadership experience reaches beyond schools and into communities through the mentoring of future and new school leaders. As a classroom teacher, she received the Florida Social Science Teacher of the Year Award and the Florida’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Her primary research and professional interests are in education leadership relating to building strong student-centered schools. Her favorite quote comes from her father: “You get what you work for.” The philosophy of hard work brings outstanding results for all.
She earned her doctorate and masters degrees from the University of South Florida in Education Leadership and Policy Studies. A true westerner, Dr. Small and her family enjoy living in her home state of Colorful Colorado.
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