Wanda Perez, M.Ed.
Wanda is a results-driven educator with a laser focus on effective instruction. With experience across a number of schools and districts, she has served as a teacher, administrator, and school board member. As a principal in Washington, D.C., Wanda led change in curriculum, talent management, bilingual program design, and school culture; resulting in a 55-point gain in math and a 32-point gain in reading from 2007 to 2013, the highest reading gains in D.C. in 2012. She also presented and led a session on her school’s innovative professional development system for The Achievement Network.
Additionally, Wanda served as a member of Teacher-Principal Quality Team in Baltimore City School District, overseeing mentoring and new teacher induction and retention programs. She also trained resident principals as a Mentor Principal for New Leaders for New Schools.
Wanda holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Supervision and Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s in Elementary Education from Towson University. She has seen every episode of Little House on the Prairie and Star Trek: Next Generation, is a volunteer ESL teacher for adults, and is Tia to the best kids in the world (and Mom to Apple, a Jack Russell mix).
To read more about Wanda’s background as an educator and passion for adult learning, click here.
Wanda contributed to the Association of California School Administrators’ Leadership magazine’s Health and Wellness issue in January 2018. Click here to read her article sharing thoughtful and well-researched best practices for educators working with students affected by trauma.
Click here to read Wanda’s post on our blog with three tips for teachers to build strong relationships with their students’ families, and here to read her post on how teachers can best support emerging bilingual students. You can find her thoughts on the recent debate between consequences and restorative practices here on our blog.