Meet Our Headmaster
A graduate of the SunCoast Area Teacher Training (SCATT) Honors Program at the University of South Florida and a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi, Dr. Jennifer Clark has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership as well as a master’s degree and doctoral degree in Christian Counseling. She is a Certified Behavioral Analyst and a Certified Nonprofit Manager.
Immediately prior to becoming Headmaster at Excel Christian Academy Jennifer served as the Director of Enrollment at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS in Tampa, FL for seven years.
She served the Polk County School system for 15 years in various roles from classroom teacher, administrator, to district coordinator to School To Work Action Team Leader. She has served on many committees such as District Reading, Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS), Discipline, and School Advisory committees.
She developed training materials and curriculum for Polk County School Board, The Ministry of Education - Belize as well as for private schools and The House of Israel Women’s Shelter. She has written two books on counseling topics and a book on Behavior Disorders. Serving on AdvancEd accreditation teams has also assisted in developing customized professional and school development plans.
Jennifer has studied and continues to train staff on effective teaching strategies e.g., the M.O.R.E. Approach (developed by Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman), Multiple Intelligences, cooperative learning models, Kagan Structures promoting differentiated instruction, crisis prevention and intervention, conflict resolution and effective communication strategies.
She served on the following committees: Lakeland Vision 2000 Economic Empowerment Committee; President of the Board—THE DAISY HOUSE; PEACE Educational Committee; Healthy Start Coalition; Dept. of Juvenile Justice Advisory Board; Teen Pregnancy Prevention Board, the Children’s Home Society Board of Directors (GulfCoast region) and North Tampa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; and worked with Youth Ministry for 15 years.
In Belize, Jennifer served on Marla’s House of Hope Board of Directors (Secretary), served at BCA from 2006 to 2010 (Head of School), facilitated workshops on Conflict Resolution, Crisis Prevention, cooperative learning models, brain-based research in the classroom and more. Jennifer also co-developed the Conflict Resolution Programme with the George Price Center for Peace and Development (GPC) and well as the Reading Programme at the GPC. In 2007, she was approached to assist in developing a training program that promotes “teacher efficacy” out of which, the Belize Teacher Leadership Project was born. Santa Elena Primary School was identified as the first model school for the project with now 5 model schools.
Dr. Clark is experienced at writing curriculum and training materials; has written numerous business plans; over 10 million dollars in grants; and has been asked to provide training for the City of Lakeland and the State of Florida’s Neighborhood Coalition (team building, grant writing, creating partnerships, strategic planning and organizational operations), to private and public schools.