Curriculum Advisors

The curriculum advisor office is located at Troester Media Center at 3401 Renick Street.
Phone: 816-671-4390
Fax: 816-671-4490
E-mail: curriculum.advisor@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Twitter: @SJSDCurriculum

Curriculum advisor objectives and responsibilities are listed below:

Curriculum & Assessment:

  • Analyzes student performance data to identify learning needs and monitor curriculum implementation.
  • Facilitates the development, design, and implementation of curriculum, instructional best practices, and formative assessments, ensuring alignment to Missouri Learning Standards and/or national content standards.
  • Facilitates the research and review of instructional and curricular resources.
  • Includes stakeholders in the curriculum development process, including staff, students, business partners, and parents.
  • Outlines and communicates state and local requirements for instructional timelines and required instructional minutes.
  • Facilitates the application process for new courses or programs.
  • Practices fiscal stewardship in the preparation of content area budget proposals and resource adoption proposals.
  • Advise/coordinate/monitor and report standardized state assessments, TSA’s, IRC’s, or other specialized assessments.

Professional Development:

  • Designs and directs staff development related to curricular learning standards and priorities, content-area instructional best practices, and curricular resources.
  • Plans and provides targeted professional development for curriculum implementation.
  • Participates in on-going professional learning related to Curriculum Advisor roles and responsibilities.

Collaboration & Communication:

  • Builds and maintains effective working relationships with stakeholders, including instructional staff, building leaders, and district leaders.
  • Meets monthly as a team with all other Curriculum Advisors and district Academic Services leaders.
  • Assists district and building administrators in the development of improvement goals based on student learning and curriculum implementation data.
  • Coordinates student activities related to performances, contests, and competitions.
  • Presents information and recommendations to Academic Services and the SJSD Board of Education related to curriculum, instructional priorities, instructional resources, and other related topics.
  • Completes and analyzes annual survey of content-area staff members to inform staff development planning and curriculum implementation
  • Includes specialized populations in curriculum writing process (i.e., ESOL, special education).


Contact Us

Dr. Angela Dorsey, Curriculum Advisor

Dr. Angela Dorsey
Curriculum Advisor
angela.dorsey@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Dr. Dorsey received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received her M.A. in Mathematics from Northwest Missouri State University and her B.S. in Mathematics from Missouri Western State University. She is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in the areas of mathematics and adolescence and young adulthood.

Dr. Dorsey served as the Secondary Mathematics Curriculum Advisor from 2008-2018 and the Mathematics Department Chair at Central High School from 1998-2018. Dr. Dorsey has taught various mathematics courses at the middle school, high school, and collegiate level, serving as an Adjunct Professor at Missouri Western State University.

Dr. Dorsey has presented at multiple regional, state, and national conferences about instructional practice, critical thinking, literacy, and technology. She has extensive experience with curriculum writing and assessment development process. She served as President-Elect for the Missouri Council of Supervisors of Mathematics in 2017-2018.

Christie Jackson, Curriculum Advisor

Christie Jackson
Curriculum Advisor
christie.jackson@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Mrs. Jackson received her M.S. in Assessment from Missouri Western State University and her B.S. in Elementary Education and Early Childhood from Northwest Missouri State University. She has a graduate certificate in the teaching of writing from Missouri Western State University.

Mrs. Jackson served as an Elementary Curriculum Advisor from 2017-2018 and Instructional Coach at Coleman, Hall, and Skaith from 2009-2013. She has taught kindergarten and 2nd grade at Skaith and 2nd and 3rd grade at Carden Park. Prior to joining the SJSD, she taught kindergarten and first grade at Co-Cathedral Catholic School where she received the Sallie Mae Excellence in First Year Teaching Award. 

Mrs. Jackson has presented at multiple regional, state, and national conferences about curriculum and instruction. She has extensive experience with curriculum writing, assessment development, and professional development. She served as the Prairie Lands Writing Project Site Co-Director from 2006-2017.

Robert Nash

Robert Nash
Curriculum Advisor
robert.nash@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Mr. Nash received his Ed.S. in Education from William Woods University, his M.A. in Teaching from Webster University, and his B.S. in History from Missouri Western State University. 

Mr. Nash served as the Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Advisor from 2004-2018 and the Social Studies Department Chair at Benton High School from 2004-2018. Mr. Nash has taught a variety of courses at the high school level including World Geography, World History, AP European History, and American Government. Mr. Nash served as a member of the Data Team Leadership Team and a Professional Learning Communities building coach. 

Mr. Nash has extensive experience with curriculum writing, assessment development, and professional development. He led the implementation of problem-based learning within the secondary social studies department. 

Darbi Valenti

Darbie Valenti
Curriculum Advisor
darbie.valenti@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Darbie Valenti-Huff received her M.S. in Educational Leadership from Walden University and her B.S. in Elementary Education and Art Education from Northwest Missouri State University, where she has served as an adjunct professor.

Darbie has served as a gifted educator in the St. Joseph School District for two years and has taught 3rd grade, 6th grade, and 5th grade at North Andrew Elementary, King City Elementary, and Minnie Cline Elementary respectively. She has been named the 2014-15 Savannah School District Teacher of the Year, the 2016 Northwest Regional Teacher of the Year, the 2017 Missouri Teacher of the Year, and most recently received The Henry Ford Grand Prize Teacher Innovator Award. 

Darbie has presented at the regional, state, and national level at conferences on various topics such as student engagement, social-emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, STEM education, and project-based learning. She has also taught graduate-level courses on student engagement, Writer’s Workshop, math instruction, higher-order thinking, and classroom management. In addition, she has traveled overseas presenting internationally to teachers about STEM education and project-based learning. 

Janell Becerra

Janell Becerra
Curriculum Advisor
janell.becerra@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Mrs. Becerra received her Ed.S. in Education and M.S. in Elementary Administration from Northwest Missouri State University and his B.S. in Vocal Music Education from Missouri Western State University.

Mrs. Becerra taught elementary music for 17 years, 14 of those years in the St. Joseph School District, at Field Elementary, Pershing, Mark Twain and Skaith.  Mrs. Becerra served as an adjunct professor at Missouri Western State University for pre-service elementary music teachers and elementary classroom teachers. 

During her time with the SJSD, Mrs. Becerra was a 2017 SJSD teacher of the year finalist, Shining Star Award winner, served on Music curriculum writing, and has served as a BLT member in her building.  

Mrs. Becerra is active in the St Joseph Arts community. She serves on the Allied Arts Council Education Committee, Arts Fund committee, and the St. Joseph Symphony Education committee.  She is also a frequent music director for the Robidoux Resident Theatre, having musically directed or pit directed over ten shows.


Mark Korell 

Mark Korell
Curriculum Advisor
mark.korell@sjsd.k12.mo.us

 Mr. Korell received his M.A in Elementary and Secondary Administration from Northwest Missouri State University, a B.S. in History from Missouri Western State University, and a A.S in Criminal Justice from Missouri Western State University.

Mr. Korell began his teaching career in the Saint Joseph School District as a 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Robidoux Middle School promoting hard work, integrity, and a growth mindset. Mr. Korell was selected as the 2018-2019 SJSD Teacher of the Year, 2019 Northwest Regional Teacher of the Year, and 2019 Missouri State Teacher of the Year Semifinalist, and most recently served on the Missouri Teacher Table addressing teacher recruitment and retention.

Mr. Korell has presented at regional, state, and national conferences on classroom management and engagement strategies and has extensive experience with MTSS, learning rounds, and professional development. Mr. Korell is active in the Saint Joseph community serving on the UCP Executive Board, Second Harvest, and his church finance committee.

 

Rebecca Evans Photo

Rebecca Evans
Curriculum Advisor
rebeccajevans@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Mrs. Evans received her Ed.S in Principalship from Arkansas State University. She received her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and B.A in English and secondary education from the University of Saint Mary. She is actively pursuing a Doctor of Education in Curriculum from Capella University. 

Mrs. Evans taught English and journalism at the secondary level for ten years. Most recently, she served as principal for one year at Saint James Catholic School and two years at Cathedral School. Mrs. Evans has taught various English and education courses at the collegiate level, serving as Adjunct Professor at Benedictine College, Highland Community College, and Barton Community College. 

Mrs. Evans has extensive experience leading Professional Learning Communities, curriculum development, professional development, and standards mastery.

Stacia Studer 

Stacia Studer
Curriculum Advisor
stacia.studer@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Stacia Studer has served the Saint Joseph community as an educator for the last 19 years. She earned her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. She received her M.A. in School Administration from William Woods, and her B.S. in Middle School Education with an emphasis in English Language Arts and Social Studies from Missouri Western State University. She is currently working on a doctorate in Educational Leadership through William Woods. 

Stacia served as English Department Chair at George Bode Middle School from 2004-2018. In 2016, Stacia was awarded the Saint Joseph School District Teacher of the Year. Then in 2017, she was awarded the Northwest Regional Teacher of the Year. She is a graduate of the Missouri Teacher Academy and serves as a National Writing Project Consultant. She has presented at multiple regional, state, and national conferences on effective strategies to improve literacy for adolescents. She has also worked with DESE to write, assess, and serve on content and bias review teams for the English Language Arts state assessments. 

Stacia has extensive experience in Hattie’s Visible Learning, the workshop model, and other best practices in literacy instruction.

Cambrie Hoglund

Cambrie Hoglund
Curriculum Advisor
cambrie.hoglund@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Mrs. Höglund received her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction her double B.S. in Elementary Education and Middle School Education from the University of Central Missouri. She is currently working on her Ed.S. in Education Leadership K-12 with Superintendent Certification from Northwest Missouri State University. 

Mrs. Höglund has taught in the St. Joseph School District for eight years. She has taught 2nd, 4th, and 6th grade at Mark Twain Elementary, 2nd grade at Bessie Ellison Elementary, and 2nd and 5th grade at Oak Grove Elementary.

Mrs. Höglund has extensive experience with curriculum writing, project-based learning, and professional development.

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