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Jodie L. Brinkmann
Faculty, Program Coordinator at Virginia Tech
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I believe that education is the great equalizer in the world today! My mission is to foster innovative leadership and excellence in education, by engaging and challenging all aspiring teachers, administrators, and community members to join together to make a difference in the lives of our young people, in helping them to become life-long learners and productive citizens. I received her bachelor's degree in elementary and early childhood education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. After teaching for several years in Richmond City Public Schools and in Western Pennsylvania, she began teaching in Henrico County, VA and simultaneously earned her master's degree in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. My diverse experiences in Henrico County include serving as an elementary classroom teacher, mathematics coach, resource teacher, assistant principal, and principal at Echo Lake Elementary for 11 years.  In 2012, I was awarded my doctoral degree from Virginia Tech in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. I frequently present at state, national and international conferences such as ISEP, VERA, ATE, NCTM, among others. I recently served as an assistant professor of education at Longwood University in the Teacher Preparation Program. I am currently at Virginia Tech as an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Education Leadership Program. I work with both masters and doctoral level students in educational leadership and policy studies. My motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world” (Ghandi) and live by those words in all I do.