Curriculum Vitae


Notre Dame of Maryland University, Ph.D.
Northern Illinois University, M.S. Ed.
Towson University, B.S.


Elementary Principal

Implementing the goals and objectives of the district related to the academic, social, and emotional growth of all students.  Fostering school-based staff development that optimizes the strengths of teachers in meeting the needs of their students.

United States Peace Corps Volunteer in the West Indies (1987-89)

Served as a member of an education team assigned to the island of St. Kitts.


  • Nationally Certified Mentor Principal, NAESP
  • 2019 nominee for the Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs Founders Day administrator award
  • Past selection as an editorial advisor for Principal magazine
  • Maryland Demonstration School Designation MAHPERD 1998
  • Simon McNeely Merit Award MAHPERD 1997


Build Capacity with Shared Leadership, NAESP “Leading Lessons,” January 2021 co-authored with Cheryl Cox

Serving Those Who Serve, Principal, March/April 2020, co-authored with Erica Natalicchio

Building A Culture of Numeracy, Principal, May/June 2019, co-authored with Kim VerMerris

Engage and Educate:  Six ways to create and nurture participation in your classrooms, Principal, November/December 2018

Wooleyhand, C.D., (2018) School leadership lessons from…life. Severn, Maryland. Kindle Direct Publishing

English Learners: A Principals’ Handbook, Principal, January/February 2017, co-authored with Kelly Reider 

The Strength of Character Education, Principal, January/February 2016, co-authored with Donna Usewick

Book Review- “Most Likely to Succeed- Preparing our Kids for the Innovation Era,” by Wagner & Dintersmith, Principal, January/February 2016

School Leadership for Social Justice: An Examination of Research and Practice, Living Education eMagazine, Vol. XIII, Summer 2015

When Students Act Out:  Six Practices for Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors, Principal, March/April 2015, co-authored with Tess Johnston & Kristy Snyder

Book Review– “The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students,” by Daniel Rechtschaffen, Principal, November/December 2014

Growing Sustainable Teacher Leadership, Principal, September/October 2014

Book Review- “The School Improvement Planning Handbook:  Getting Focused for Turnaround and Transition” by Daniel L. Duke, Marsha Carr, and William Sterrett, Principal, March/April 2014

Differentiating Staff Development to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners, Living Education eMagazine, Vol. IX, Spring 2014

Exploring a New Paradigm for Teacher Evaluation, NAESP Conference News Online, July 2013

Freeman Hrabowski Calls On Principals to Create “Culture of Support,” NAESP Conference News Online, July 2013

Putting Beliefs Into Action: The Principal’s Role in Closing the Achievement Gap, Principal, May/June 2013

An Analysis of the Relationship Between the Self-Reported Shared Leadership Practices of Maryland Elementary School Principals and African-American Student Performance on the Maryland School Assessment, Doctoral Dissertation, Notre Dame of Maryland University 2012

What K-8 Leaders Must Know About Their Role In Ensuring Equity, Principal, September/October 2008

Meeting Students Where They Are, Educational Leadership online, April 2008


Building A Culture of Numeracy MAESP 2020 Conference w/Kim VerMerris

Building Resilience & Grit in Children, November 2019

Using Social Media to Enhance Student and Adult Learning, MAESP conference, April 2015, concurrent sessions presenter

UDL in C&I Classes at McDaniel College, February 2014

Shifting the Monkey, presented at Edcamp Baltimore, November 2013

Guest lecturer at Anne Arundel Community College on School/Community Partnerships

Adjunct Instructor at McDaniel College, Teacher Leadership:  Basic Principles


Editorial Advisor for Principal magazine 2013-2016, 2020-2023

Manuscript reviewer Corwin Press & Solution Tree Press

National Association of Elementary School Principals

Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals

State of Maryland Literacy Association

International Reading Association

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education


Maryland Certification:  Superintendent

4 thoughts on “Curriculum Vitae

  1. Chris impressive work you have shared with others, My only response which comes close to what you have become is WOW. In laughter, compassion and peace Craig

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