Ms. Valda Valbrun is an established Educational Leader known for passion toward inclusive, research-based and data-driven pedagogy. A systems change facilitator with a proven track record of supporting schools and districts to change educational practices and establish systems. She has been known as a dynamic Professional Developer, Teacher, Administrator, Entrepreneur, Advocate and Student Champion.
She has worked with national school districts on Leadership Development and Executive Coaching. Valda provides coaching/training to aspiring, newly appointed and experienced principals and has worked as a school turn-around partner.
She started her career over 25 years ago as a teacher in the Broward County (FL) schools before becoming a Professional Developer and secondary school administrator in Montgomery County (MD).
She has a strong background in school administration, having served as a middle school principal. She is committed to professional development and closing achievement gaps and never waivers in her commitment to instructional and leadership improvement; both on the macro-level of a school system and on the micro-level of an individual classroom teacher and leader.
Ms. Valbrun has worked directly with school and district leaders to advance improvement initiatives and understands that leaders must be lifelong learners and better solutions come from groups with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
Her experience includes work in rural, suburban, and large urban districts. She currently provides leadership training, coaching and consulting across the country in addition to providing training specifically to build Culturally Proficient Leaders.
Ms. Valbrun received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master of Science degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University. She also completed post-graduate certification in School Administration and Leadership at Johns Hopkins University. She is a trained executive coach and a Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)© Qualified Administrator.
In addition to her school and district level leadership roles, Ms. Valbrun has also served as the Director of Professional Learning at ASCD and as the Executive Director of Organizational Development for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, where she currently resides.