Award-Winning Principal (Retired), Author, Motivational Speaker, & Educational Consultant. Specializes in educational topics related to closing the achievement gap, principal leadership, teacher leadership, parental involvement and student involvement.Check Availability
Goals: To change perceptions about: • Students’, teachers’ and principals’ ability to learn, teach and lead at high levels. • Schools’ ability to achieve at exceptionally high levels for students from all backgrounds. • Parents’ willingness to be active participants in their children’s education process. Mrs. Jessie is a nationally recognized retired principal of a low-income, diverse school in northern Virginia. She is also the CEO of High Expectations Learning Institute. Under her leader
Goals: To change perceptions about:
Lillie’s exemplary leadership and belief in the ability of all children, regardless of race, income or ethnicity has resulted in her speaking before audiences that exceeded 3000 people. She is a national consultant who has spoken before and conducted workshops for principals, teachers, students and parents across the United States and Canada. She is an author and is featured in numerous videos on topics related to the principal and teacher leadership needed in schools containing diverse leadership. She has also spoken before youth and parent groups.
Lillie’s childhood experience during Brown vs The Board of Education and participation in the Civil Rights movement was the impetus for her origination of the Martin Luther King Oratorical Contest for the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. During her seventeen-year tenure as chairperson attendance ranged from 2,000 to over 3,500. , Students orations were of such quality and impressiveness that some later spoke at the White House. This long-running, successful program will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in January of 2015.
Mrs. Jessie has received numerous awards for her educational contributions. She was one of 17 principals in the metropolitan area to receive the Washington Post Distinguished Leadership Award in 1997. She was also named Principal of the Year for Prince William County Public Schools. She was named Supervisor of the Year. The Title I program under her supervision was cited as “One of the Best in the State of Virginia.” The Prince William County School Board named a wing of Elizabeth Vaughan Elementary in honor of Mrs. Jessie in 2009.
Elizabeth Vaughan School under her leadership received Title I School of Distinction Award from the Virginia Department of Education. In 2009 the school received the Governor of Virginia’s Board of Education Award for high achievement and was one of five schools internationally to receive the title of a High-Flying School by the National Youth-At-Risk Conference. It was also nationally recognized for closing the achievement gap by allschoolmatters.com. The school, under Mrs. Jessie’s leadership, has received four School of Excellence Awards from Prince William County Public Schools.
She is a contributing author to The Collaborative Teacher and The Collaborative Administrator. Vaughan Elementary is featured in the books, Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work™: New Insights for Improving Schools, and Raising the Bar, Closing the Gap. All of the aforementioned books are national best sellers. She is the featured presenter in a recent new national video, Celebration of Learning…Nothing Happens Until People Are Having Fun! She is a writer for the Old Bridge Observer in Lake-Ridge, Virginia. Her latest anthology, “It’s the Principal of the Thing” will be published this year (2014).
Community service awards received include the Life Time Educational Achievement Award at The 27th Dale City Multi-cultural Scholarship Ceremony (April 18, 2011) and their Pubic Service Award in 2014. Other awards include the NAACP Community Service, Human Rights Commission Award, National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Eboné Image Leadership, and Prince William County Kathleen Seefeldt Community Service.