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Denise Pupillo

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PROFESSIONAL ROLES

  • K-12 Administrator, Researcher 

BIO

Professional Education Experience August 2001 - Present Instructional Services Center Parkway School District
Curriculum Coordinator for Gifted Education and Coordinator for District Grants and Funding
Oversee and coordinate the implementation of Parkway's Gifted Program K-12
Write and implement grants district-wide (Currently authored a federally funded 1.5 million dollar Math Science Partnership grant)
Provide leadership and staff development on curriculum and instruction for gifted students and ALL students
Oversee and submit federal program application for federal title funds and state application for gifted education funds
Manage budget, oversee disbursement, and ensure NCLB guidelines are adhered to regarding federal title funds
Research and disseminate grant opportunities, accompanying budgets, and evaluation process
Oversee grant budgets and conduct ongoing analysis and evaluation of grants
Oversee and direct screening and identification process for Parkway's gifted program
Provide In-Service training on meeting the needs of gifted students
Oversee and coordinate parent education on gifted students and their unique needs
Provide structures for gifted program design and delivery within 18 elementary, 5 middle and 4 high schools
Leader for district Achievement for All goal, which entails leading the district differentiation cadre, leading a steering committee for differentiation, and creating a compilation of differentiated curriculum that enhances classroom instruction for all students, K-12

July 2000- August 2001 Sorrento Springs Elementary Parkway School District
Assistant Principal

Student Council Sponsor

Implemented Accelerated Schools School Improvement Model
Leader of Staff Development for Cadre Work
Responsible for Student Affairs

Duties and Responsibilities as assigned by the Principal
January 1999 - July 2000 Kellison Elementary Rockwood School District
Administrative Intern
Student Council Sponsor
United Way Fund Drive Coordinator
Developed and Established MOSAICCS team (Molding Our Success through Art, Integrated Curriculum and Community Support)
Science Fair Representative
Curricular Vertical Teams Chairperson
Responsible for Student Affairs
Duties and Responsibilities as assigned by the Principal
1996 - January 1999 Center for Creative Learning Rockwood School District
Teacher, Grade One, Grade Four
Developed and implemented curriculum for gifted education
Developed web page designs for fourth grade team
Created and implemented award winning SPLASH! unit for fourth grade gifted students
Fourth grade team leader 1998-1999
Presented technology training sessions for teachers 1998-1999
1995-1996 John Weldon Elementary Francis Howell School District
Teacher, Grade One through Five
Developed and implemented curriculum for gifted education
Provided teachers with differentiation, enrichment, and acceleration support ideas
Coached three teams for the Odyssey of the Mind competition, 1995-1996
Provided "Critical Thinking and Problem Solving" training workshops for teachers, 1996
1993-1995 Daniel Boone Elementary Francis Howell School District
Teacher, Grade One through Five
Developed and implemented curriculum for gifted education
Developed and hosted a schoolwide "Invention Convention", 1994-1995
Provided teachers with differentiation, enrichment, and acceleration support ideas
Higher Education May 2003 St. Louis University St. Louis, Missouri
Doctor of Education - Educational Administration
1994-2000 Maryville University Chesterfield, Missouri
Administrative Certification, 2000
M.A., Educational Processes, emphasis: Gifted Education, 1997
Gifted Certification, 1994
1990-1992 University of MO - St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri
B.S., Elementary Education, 1992
Dean's List 1990, 1991, 1992

Honors Awarded 1.5 million dollar Math Science Partnership grant (lead PI for project)
John M. Kastner Board of Education Award, Rockwood School District, 1999
Superintendent's Certificate, Rockwood School District, 1997 and 1998
President's Excellence in Mathematics and Science Award, Runner Up, 1998
R.O.S.E. (Rockwood Outstanding Services in Education) Award Nominee, 1997-1998
Sallie Mae "First Year First Class Teacher" Award, District Nominee - Francis Howell, 1993
Training and Certification for PROJECT WET and PROJECT LEARNING TREE, 1997
Training and Certification for Aquatic Ecology and Rainforest Research, Missouri Botanical Gardens, 1997
Gifted Education Certified, 1994
Activities and Leadership Roles Led teams in creating several grant applications and winning grants for Parkway, including a federal Teaching American History grant worth approximately five hundred thousand dollars 2002-Present
Led Differentiation Cadre 2002-Present
Led Differentiation Steering Committee 2002-Present
Led Curriculum Development Process, newly developed website, and newly created on-line curriculum guide - Gifted Education, 2001-Present
Developed and implemented Parkway Multi-Age Exceptionally Gifted Student Program (P-MEGS) 2005-Present
Led Parkway Parent Connection Group 2001-2005
In 2005 the Parkway Parent Connection Team became the District Gifted Education Committee and several Action Teams continue to work in concert to strengthen the gifted program 2005-Present
Developed and chaired the Grants Management Team -overseeing grants/funding and monitoring expenditure for all district grants 2004-Present
Developed and chaired MOSAICCS (Molding Our Success through Art, Integrated Curriculum & Community Support) team, 1999-2000
Building Science Fair Coordinator, 1999, 2000
Building Coordinator for United Way Drive, 1999-2000 (100% participation award)
District Elementary Social Studies Writing Committee member, 2000
Student Council Sponsor, 1999-2000
Chairperson; Math, Science and Social Studies Vertical Teams, 1999-2000
Chairperson; Character Education, At-Risk Committee, 1999-2000
Established school wide Homework Policy, 1999
Southwestern Bell Leadership Academy for Character Education, 1999-2000
Administrative Leadership Development, Rockwood School District, 1999-2000
MSIP process training, Rockwood School District, 1999-2000
Special School District training (504, IDEA), Rockwood School District, 1999
School Law Seminar, 1999, 2001, 2005
Center for Creative Learning Site Based Planning Team, 1999
School Environment Committee Chairperson, Center for Creative Learning, 1998-1999
PTO Needs Assessment Committee Chairperson, Center for Creative Learning, 1997-1998
Science and Conservation Curriculum Writing for district and state - Missouri Dept. of Conservation, 1997-1998
Language Arts Curriculum Writing Committee member - Francis Howell, 1995-1996
Organizations St. Louis Suburban Elementary Principal's Association
Missouri Association for Elementary School Principal
National Education Association
National Association for Gifted Education
Gifted Association of Missouri
Association of the Supervision of Curriculum Development
Presentations "Utilizing Governmental Agencies to Advance Student Empowerment", National Association for Gifted Children Conference, 1998
"Issue Investigation and Action Research", National Association for Gifted Children Conference, 1998
"Students Problem Solving and Learning through Aquatic Systems and Human Interaction", National Association for Gifted Children Conference, 1998
"Whooo's Thinking: An Investigative Science Unit", Gifted Association of Missouri Conference, 1997
"Critical Thinking and Problem Solving", Francis Howell School District, 1996
Scholarship Recipient, Southwestern Bell/Nations Bank Leadership Academy for Character Education, 2000
References

Dr. Susan Everson
Advisor, St. Louis University
Leadership and Higher Education
217 Frost Campus
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 977-1904

Dr. John Oldani
Lindenwood University
Spellman Center Student Development
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636)949-4993


Mrs. Susan K. Whiting
Former Principal, Kellison Elementary
1980 Seven Pines Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63146
(314) 434-3069

 

EXPERTISE

gifted education, grants and funding, curriculum and instruction 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Dissertation 2004