SONIA LARK

slark@almaschools.net Home (989) 466-2904 Mobile (989) 388-2886 Work (989) 466-7511 1061 Mill St. Alma, MI 48801

OBJECTIVE To obtain the position of Superintendent of Otsego Public Schools where I am able to utilize collaborative leadership skills to foster school and community relations and ensure student success EDUCATION Elementary and Secondary Administrator K-12 Certificate, 2008 and Renewal, 2013 Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI Master of Arts in Education, 1995 Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI Education Administration: Administration of Elementary School, June 1995 Bachelor of Science in Education, 1982 Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI Major: Language Arts Minor: Earth Science Elementary Education Certificate, May 1982 ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCES Alma Public Schools Alma, MI Superintendent 2011 – present  Providing instructional leadership for Alma Schools by chairing the District School Improvement Team Committee and the Purposeful Evaluation Process Committee  Providing oversight for Alma Schools’ 21M dollar budget; maintain fiscal stability within the district by working closely with the District Finance Director  Acting as the Federal and State Program Director for Alma Schools responsible for completing the Consolidated Application for Alma Schools and monitoring program funds of over 1.5M  Facilitating Alma Schools Administrative Staff of six building principals, Maintenance Director, Food Service Director, Transportation Director, Finance Director, Technology Director, Athletic Director, and Instructional Coach  Communicating with members of the Board of Education to establish district policy and set budget parameters  Developing collaborative relationships with stakeholders interested in promoting student achievement through community outreach with Alma College and other educators in our region  Acting as a liaison between Alma Schools, City of Alma, Alma College, Masonic Pathways, Mid-Michigan Medical Center and Greater Gratiot Development to promote community collegiality and awareness Gratiot-Isabella Regional Education Service District Ithaca, MI English Language Arts Consultant 2008-2011  Provided systematic curriculum/assessment/instruction development in English Language Arts for Gratiot and Isabella county schools  Designed and delivered professional development workshops, courses for Central Michigan University graduate credit, individual school consultations and other professional services as requested  Delivered in-service workshops at local district schools: Reading Apprenticeship; School Improvement; Data Director; Formative Assessment; Response to Intervention; Michigan Literacy Progress Profile Grades K-2 and Grades 3-6  Managed Gratiot-Isabella RESD English Language Arts budget and consultant contracts  Developed Gratiot-Isabella RESD Student Intervention Data Review (SIDR) to document student progress required for initial Special Education referrals Alma Public Schools Alma, MI Elementary Principal 1999 – 2008  Principal of Hillcrest Elementary School, Grades 2 and 3  Collaborated with staff to develop a school mission and belief statement as well as a data collection and analysis process that contributed to student achievement and an Ed Yes grade of A

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Conducted job interviews for both general education and special education teaching positions by facilitating a collaborative team interview process Provided instructional leadership for Alma Public Schools District School Improvement and Curriculum Committee; created a Curriculum Review cycle that included a textbook adoption process following NEOLA Administrative Guidelines; assisted with cyclical textbook budgeting and purchasing processes Responsible for Title 1 and Title II program development – State and Federal Programs Consolidated Application; budget allocations of $500,000; staffing of Title 1 teachers and paraprofessionals; evaluation of programs Trained district staff in Student Responsibility Center discipline process which was Board adopted in 2000 Worked with Clark Construction managers during two major renovation projects in 2004 and 2006 at Hillcrest Elementary School

Shepherd Public Schools Shepherd, MI Elementary Principal/Curriculum Director 1998-1999  Principal for Winn Elementary School, Grades K-5  Coordinated K-12 district curriculum guides, textbook selection and purchasing processes, and professional development  District MEAP Coordinator responsible for ordering, distribution and collection of all district MEAP assessments Shepherd Public Schools Assistant Elementary Principal  Assistant Principal for Shepherd Elementary School, Grades K-5 TEACHING EXPERIENCES Fulton Public Schools Title I and First Grade Teacher Big Rapids Public Schools Eighth Grade English and Fourth Grade Teacher RELATED EXPERIENCES Professional Memberships Michigan Association of School Administrators Michigan Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Certified Trainer Reading Apprenticeship® - Adolescent Literacy Shepherd, MI 1996-1998

Middleton, MI 1988-1996 Big Rapids, MI 1984-1987

2011- present 2008- present

2010- present

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES Rotary of Alma and St. Louis Alma, MI Board Member 2011– present Led a Purple Pinkie Project fund raiser in Alma Schools to maintain awareness and raise money toward the eradication of polio worldwide. United Way of Gratiot County Alma, MI Board Member 2004- present Facilitated Community Outcomes training for United Way of Gratiot County community partners – focus on collaborative program development and evaluation Alma College Alma, MI Guest Speaker 2011- present Speaking at a Student Teacher Seminar each semester on the topic of School Improvement, Professional Learning Communities and Interview Preparation