B.S. in Business Administration, Long Island University; M.S. in Math Education, Bank Street College. Since 1989 Valerie has worked as an educator in New York City’s Public School system. Among her various teaching posts have been: science and language arts cluster at PS 132, 3rd and 4th grade teacher at PS 149 and 3rd grade teacher at PEARLS Hawthorne school in Yonkers. During her tenure as a professional education she has served as a grant-writer, co-chair to the assembly program committee, staff developer, NYC mathematics and literacy leader, as well as a cooperating teacher for Professional Development Schools at Teachers College. In addition to these responsibilities, Valerie also participated in a two year district wide symposium called the Academy for Learning Leaders in which she had the opportunity to confer, analyze and reflect upon the attributes of effective administrative leadership.