Professional Resume

Sikander Rashid

2001 Sunset Lake Road, Dummerston, VT 05301 802-257-8517

Professional Objective

To lead an educational organization in collaboration with its constituents: ensuring optimal learning for all, and creating a positive environment for every learner to fulfill her/his goals and potential.


1997-1998                                     M.A. Educational Leadership

Johnson State College, Johnson, VT

1986-1990                                     B.S. Secondary Education

Central Connecticut State University

2008- 2010 Principal, Leland and Gray Union School, Townshend, VT

Led a seven through twelve middle/high school in Townshend, Vermont, with an enrollment of four hundred students.  Responsibilities included daily operations, long-range planning, the development and implementation of programs, and maintenance of the infrastructure.  These responsibilities were carried out with visible leadership, fostering the team process and promoting individual empowerment.

  • Established and Implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) program
  • Promoted and implemented Professional Learning Communities (PLC) training and practices
  • Advanced the Navigation 101 program
  • Created All School Council as the leadership team of the school
  • Established and led the Alternative Education Task Force
  • Prepared fiscally responsible annual budgets
  • Created, implemented, and maintained accountability for school’s annual action plan
  • Facilitated a community dialogue for improvements to the current sports program

2001-2008       Principal, Cutler Elementary School, Swanzey, NH

Led an upper elementary school, in southwestern New Hampshire, with an enrollment of nearly three hundred students.

  • Promoted Service Learning Programs, including the design of a nationally recognized service learning project
  • Formulated an integrated technology program and created the computer lab
  • Orchestrated acceptance of Cutler School as a demonstration site for PBIS
  • Established Cutler School’s Collaborative for emotionally challenged students and their integration into the regular education classrooms
  • Improved the school’s image through consistent and clear practices, focused at collaboratively servicing all students
  • Maintained consistent contact with students, staff, and community through daily activities and numerous special events
  • Continuously developed and evaluated curriculum, instructional practices, and assessments
  • Prepared fiscally responsible annual budgets
  • Upgraded the school library to reach the national standards for books and resources
  • Developed and annually revised the Cutler School Handbook to supplement the Parent Guide issued by the district
  • Established the Instructional Assistants’ Monthly Study Group

1999-2001       Principal, Main Street Middle School, Montpelier, VT

Managed all operations of a six through eight middle school, with a focus on creating a positive school environment, with an enrollment of nearly three hundred students.


  • Promoted the development of Personalized Learning Plans (PLP), utilizing staff and community collaboration to meet the needs of each student
  • Co-facilitated a year-long study of restructuring Main Street Middle School, with the purpose of evaluating existing school programs, procedures, and policies, and determining their effectiveness for middle school students

Ø      The study highlighted the physical, emotional, and educational uniqueness of this age-group, and strategies to meet these needs

1998-1999 Principal, Alburg Community Educational Center, Alburg, VT

Responsible for the administration of a K through eight school, educating over two hundred students.

  • Worked in collaboration with the school staff, school board, and the local community to enhance the educational environment of the school

Ø      This process was successfully established due to consistent implementation of academic and behavioral expectations, and strong support from all constituents

Ø      The success was evident by an overall increase in educational achievement, appropriate behaviors, and community involvement

1990-1998 Science Teacher,  Hazen Union School, Hardwick, VT

High school science teacher in a rural Vermont school of 460 students, grades seven through twelve.

  • Subjects taught: Applied Physical Science, Consumer Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Physics, and Senior Science
  • Enhanced the existing mathematics-based physics course with the integration of Conceptual Physics
  • Developed and implemented the Applied Physical Science (APS) course for ninth grade students, in collaboration with the Industrial Arts teacher
  • Streamlined existing Life Science curriculum for tenth grade, while utilizing the school’s greenhouse and Hardwick’s Community Gardens for instruction, investigations, and community service
  • Further developed Senior Science, as an independent, project-based course.  Seniors chose projects of their interest and followed a mutually agreed upon course of study.  Examples of the many Senior Science projects include:

Ø      A study of child birth and raising a healthy baby, completed by two seniors one of whom was pregnant

Ø      A study of electronics by a student preparing to attend Vermont Technical College

Ø      A study of computers, with the students providing practical technical support to the school’s computer network

  • Honored as Hazen Union School’s National Honor Society’s Teacher of the Year in 1992

Educational Innovations

2009-2010       Facilitated study of sub-continent India for a ninth grade Global Studies Class

2005-2008       Direct and indirect involvement in several community based Service Learning Projects, including the creation of Cutler School’s Universal Expectations mural in Arabic Calligraphy as a two year Service Learning art project

2001, 2003      Facilitated learning for 6th grade students in an advance math and science group at Cutler School

1998-1999       Principal’s Problem Solving Club at Alburg Community Educational Center

1996-1998       Hazen Union School’s Current Events Club

1997                Member of the community/school based group to plan and carry out the Hazen Union School Dialogue Day

1994                Planned, designed, and taught Applied Physical Science at Hazen Union School

1993                Integrated conceptual physics into an existing math-based program at Hazen Union School

1992-1996       Instructor at Woodbury College of Montpelier, Vermont of a self-awareness science course, designed to introduce basic concepts of general science with specific focus based on the participants’ needs and interests

1992                Chaired the committee to plan and carry out the Health Day at Hazen Union School

Professional Development Activities

Graduate Courses in addition to the M.A.

2000                Middle School Restructuring

1999                Observing and Analyzing Teaching

1995                Adventure Based Learning

1994                Integrating Technology into Curriculum

Conferences, Workshops, Institutes, Trainings, Summit

2006- 2010      Professional Learning Community Workshops

2010                Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training/Certification

2009                Basic Education Support and Training (BEST) Conference

2006                National Service Learning Conference

2005                Measured Academic Progress Assessment Training

2004                School Portfolio Workshop

2004                Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop

2004                Supervision and Evaluation Training

2004                Intensive Needs Training for PBIS

2003                Universal  Team Training (March, May, July, Sept)

2003                PBIS Coach’s Training

2003                Data Driven Decision Making with Bruce Wellman

2002                Teacher Evaluation Conferences

2002                Behavior Management Training

2000                Vermont Leadership Summit

2000                Vermont Middle School Institute

2000                Vermont Action Planning Institute

2000                Advanced Teacher Performance Evaluation Workshop

1999-2000       New England League of Middle Schools’ Conferences

1999                Virtual Professional Development Conference

1991                Vermont Institute of Science, Math, and Technology

Professional Committees/Teams

Administrative Teams                                        All School Council

BEST Team                                                     Behavioral Expectations Committee

Child Protection Teams                                     Curriculum Committees

Data and Assessment Committee                      Data Driven Decision Making Team

District in Need of Improvement Team Educational Support Teams

Evaluation Design Committees              Grade Level Teams

Instructional Strategies Team                             Integrating Technology Team

New Directions Grant Coalition                        Parent Teacher Associations

Personal Learning Plan Committee                    Professional Development Committe

Program Direction Committee               Report Card Committee

Restructuring Committee                                   School in Need of Improvement Team

Secondary Prevention Team                             Service Learning Taskforce

Standards and Assessment Committee  Tertiary Prevention Team

Universal Team

Community Based Projects

2009                Featured Chef for Child Heaven (an international organization) Fund Raiser at Hazen Union School

1992-2001             Chef and co-organizer for a bi-annual Punjabi Meal sponsored by the Buffalo Mountain Food Coop for various charitable causes

1992-1999             Participated in and supervised winter indoor cricket, soccer, and basketball for Hazen Union students

1996                                Chosen as one of twenty community members to write editorial pieces for the local newspaper in a series called “Rural Ramblings.”

1985-2007             Coached various teams and groups of both boys and girls in basketball, baseball, softball, and soccer

1974-1975             Member of Worcester, MA  Summer Thing a volunteer group of performers

1970-1971             Tutored 5th grade students in a Newark, New Jersey elementary school

1969-1970       Member of Cambridge High and Latin School’s Race Relations Committee

Interest and Hobbies

Family Time, especially playing with my six and two year-old sons

Cooking and Baking



Family and Friends


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