Carolyn has a strong background in teaching, strategic leadership, fundraising, and college counseling. For fifteen years, she taught students on all levels from toddlers through graduate school (Leadership Studies, Women’s Studies, Religious Studies, and Ethics). She has acquired a variety of techniques to spark students’ curiosity and their ability to learn to learn, the most essential skill in our rapidly changing world.
As the Founding Vice President for Education/Chief Academic Officer of Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches, a non-profit, intentionally diverse independent high school for 500 students in West Palm Beach, Florida, Carolyn was responsible for developing the educational philosophy and vision for the school and composing the policies and structures relating to academics and student life. She hired over fifty superlative faculty and staff members from around the world to engage the students in rigorous and hands-on activities. She encouraged students and staff to regard the community as an extension of the classroom by actively pursuing experiential learning, service opportunities, and collaborations with talented entrepreneurs, artists, and other professionals, and with organizations ranging from universities to clinics and laboratories. The results of energizing and inspiring students and educators and providing them with more tools to enrich their toolboxes were considerable in just the first two years:
· 60 9th graders wrote novels for National Novel Writing Month
· Two 10th graders secured patents
· 10th grader presented her paper on local community well research at the American Water Resources Association conference
· 10th grader’s statistical analysis of ground balls winning lacrosse games now being utilized by top Division 1 College programs, from Johns Hopkins to UVA
· 9th grader won Third in Category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her work on pharmaceuticals in the local groundwater
· 12 students reached State level, National History Day
· School team won State level, Spanish Conferencia
· 6 students earned Superior [highest] ratings at the Florida Bandmasters Competition
· School teams reached National level, Forensics and Computer Science
· School ranked 15th in State in Math League
· Significant sustained community service projects, including biweekly environmental service learning, weekly mutual language exchange with farm workers’ children and weekly activities with the developmentally disabled
Carolyn holds a master’s in the Management of Information Organizations, certificates in Management, Teaching, and College Counseling, and an additional master’s and ABD in Social Science.