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Reading Specialist Center I

Raleigh, NC, 27603
July 24, 2021

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Joann Emerson

Rolesville, NC *****

919-***-**** -

Professional Summary

My well rounded background reflects expertise in management/leadership, human resources, diagnostic testing, therapy/counseling, program administration and educational development. Additionally, I founded a successful diagnostic testing and tutorial center for 20 years and I am owner of HR & Educational Consulting Services; a service that provides HR consulting as a core service to to local and national school district's and businesses Human Resources needs.


Problem Resolution

Team Leadership & Development

Budgeting /Financial Planning

Processes and procedures

Analysis & Evaluation


Knowledgeable in microsoft office, word, excel

Work History

07/2002 to 12/2020


Emerson's HR And Educational Consulting – Beaufort, NC

Contributed to the success of the client's organization by improving performance, motivation, job satisfaction, hiring practices, training programs and management systems.

Evaluated diverse organizational systems to identify workflow, communication and resource utilization issues..

Conducted thorough reviews of HR operations to devise and deploy improvement strategies, facilitating consistent Results.

01/2009 to 09/2011

Reading First Coach/Supervisor

Beaufort County Schools – Washington, NC

As Reading First Coach/ Supervisor, my responsibilities were to work with teachers, assistants and staff to improve student achievement.

The Reading First Program is a Federally Funded Program that focused on putting proven methods of early reading instruction in classrooms. Through Reading First, districts received support of a Reading First Coach/Supervisor to apply scientifically based reading research—and the proven instructional and assessment tools consistent with this research—to ensure that all children learn to read well by the end of third grade. The Reading First focuses on results.

01/1985 to 09/2006

The Reading Specialist

Owner/ Operator – Exton, PA

The Reading Specialist was a Reading and Diagnostic Center I developed to help students of all ages pre-school to adult who needed additional help to reach their achievement potential.

Performed assessments and analyzed results to spot students in need of further help.

Instructed students in one on one academic areas.

06/1998 to 06/1999

Executive Director of Human Resources

Downingtown Area School District – Downingtown, PA

Diverse Human Resource responsibilities include staff recruitment and retention, expanded recruitment, to overseeing salary and compensation packages, orientation of newly- hired staff members across all levels, overseeing 403B Plan, healthcare benefits, Health and Wellness, and Employee Assistance Program, Council employees in retirement and unemployment issues and benefits. Adhered to all federal, state and local guidelines Negotiated Union Contracts for four unions. Wrote and implemented personnel policies for compensation and operations for union and non- union employees.

Updated training processes by reviewing existing documentation, leveraging feedback from associates, and working with legal and compliance teams.

05/1984 to 05/1988


Downingtown Area School District – Downingtown, PA

Established instructional practices driven through statistical performance data.

Defined and enforced student academic achievement standards in line with district goals and objectives.

Established positive, stimulating learning environment for students and exciting education-focused setting for teachers.

Monitored and evaluated educational programs to maintain high-quality performance objectives and standards.

Managed all details regarding student discipline.

Administered standardized tests to evaluate student performance and progress.

Collaborated with Superintendent, Budget Director and School Board to develop functional budgets within allocated funds.



Ph.D.: Organizational Leadership

Teachers College of Columbia University - New York, NY


Master of Arts: Elementary Principal

Villanova University - Villanova, PA


Bachelor of Arts: Social Sciences

Youngstown University - Youngstown, OH


Society of Human Resource Management

links, Inc, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Phi Delta Kappa

All organizations which I participate promote social, community and philanthropic services.

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