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Calypso Gilstrap

Calypso Gilstrap, NBCT, was an English teacher who could also drive a bus and put on an all school musical until 2009, when she began the best job in the school as the school librarian until 2022. Currently, Ms. Gilstrap is the Instructional Technology Specialist for the Virginia Department of Education Her most honorable honors are Norman High Teacher of the Year 2012, VAASL James Region Librarian of the Year 2021, and RVA Tech’s Community Impact Award 2022. She was the Oklahoma School Librarian chair and then served as Oklahoma Library Association president (best conference ever!). She has been published in Knowledge Quest and School Library Connection as well as hosted several webinars and been a panelist for various national events. Google Calypso Gilstrap and you will find all the details. Follow her on Twitter at @calypsogilstrap for all the work shenanigans. At home, there is a large tribe of teens and new adults as well as Calypso’s husband who is the principal of a high school in Richmond City. She has fun reading, hiking, camping, museums, and, well really, any new adventure. Shout out to all those other Enneagram 7s! Continue Reading

Victoria Oakley

Victoria Oakley retired as the Chief Academic Officer for Richmond Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia in July 2015. She oversaw the instructional programs for grades Pre-K – 12. She also served as the Director of Instruction and as an elementary school principal at Robert E. Lee Elementary and Ginter Park Elementary. Under her leadership, Ginter Park became a National Title I school. Also during her tenure, Ginter Park made full accreditation and met federal requirements. The school also received numerous grants including a Reading First Grant.

Victoria Oakley currently works as an educational consultant. She specializes in school improvement, leadership and curriculum development and creating and implementing school-wide literacy plans.

She attended the University of Richmond for her undergraduate studies and received her M. Ed. in reading and an endorsement in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has served as President of the Virginia State Reading Association. This 5,000 strong organization promotes literacy throughout the state of Virginia.

Her professional affiliations include the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Phi Delta Kappa, International Reading Association, and Richmond Area Reading Council, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Council for Learning Disabilities.

Victoria was instrumenting in promoting and implementing the Dancing Classrooms in Richmond Public Schools. She understands the importance of integrating the arts into instructional programs.

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Dr. Cecilia Barbosa

Cecilia E. Barbosa, PhD, MPH, MCP is principal and owner, cBe consulting and Lexxor, LLC. She received a PhD in social and behavioral health from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in December 2014. She has worked for over 20 years in public health in Virginia, including several years as an independent consultant; as Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Health, Virginia Department of Health; and as Executive Director, Virginia Public Health Association.

She received Master of Public Health and Master of City Planning degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA degree in Biology from Smith College. She serves on the Governor of Virginia’s Latino Advisory Board, the Board of the World Pediatric Project, the Virginia Department of Health Institutional Review Board, and the Mayor of Richmond’s Breastfeeding Taskforce.

She has served on the Mayor of Richmond’s Breastfeeding Commission and on the Board of Fan Free Clinic. Leadership board roles include Board Chair, Richmond Montessori School, President of the Virginia Public Health Association, and Search Committee Chair, Sabot School. She is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond. A citizen of Brazil and USA, she is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

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