Dr. Saundra R. Mickles brings accomplishments from both the public school and the non-public school sector. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Dr. Mickles began her career in education as a Chicago Public School music teacher. After six years at CPS, she accepted a position as a third/fourth grade teacher in a parochial school. It was during this time that Dr. Mickles decided to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration and Supervision. Soon after she accepted a position as the elementary school principal in the same parochial school. While at the parochial school, Dr. Mickles, gained experience in supervising certified and non-certified staff, developing curriculum, improving community/public relations and grant writing. Because of this experience, she was able to use this knowledge and applied it in a position as a suburban elementary school principal. As a public-school administrator, she was successful in securing funding for several school projects, implemented creative initiatives while earning a Doctorate in Education (Educational Administration and Supervision and Educational Psychology)
After ten years as principal, Dr. Mickles became Director of Curriculum and later Assistant Superintendent in the same suburban school system. Dr. Mickles’ area of expertise has been concentrated in grant writing, curriculum development, professional development, analyzing assessment data, school reform/improvement and human resources. Additionally, Dr. Mickles has facilitated workshops in utilizing state and local assessment data, project-based learning, and incorporating music into core subject areas. In 2013, Dr. Mickles retired after 35 years in elementary education and took a position in a high school district as a Human Resource Consultant. From 2015-2017 she was hired as the Interim Superintendent in the district she retired. .
Dr. Mickles is currently a Lecturer in the College of Education (Educational Administration) and the Coordinator of the New Leaders Mentor Program in a major university. She is also the owner of Innovative Growth Solutions, Inc. an organization that assists businesses in finding grant funds to support their causes.