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Associate Director Curriculum & Instruction

Mona L. Fairley-Nelson

I am a 17-year educator who recently transitioned from my post as Curriculum Specialist to the Associate Director of Curriculum & Instruction. I describe myself as a life-long learner, and my greatest hope is for AUS students to become adults who make positive contributions in their community and the world.

My dual Bachelor of Science degree in Child & Family Studies and Child Development was awarded by the University of Southern Mississippi. I earned my Master of Education from Troy State University. Additionally, my Administration and Supervision degree was awarded by Kennesaw State University. Currently, I am pursuing my Doctorate in Educational Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. My certification areas are Leadership (K-12), Gifted Education (K-12th), Reading (K-12th), Language Arts (K-8th), and Early Childhood and Elementary Education (K-5th).

I began my career in education as an early childhood and elementary school teacher. I moved into leadership positions, becoming a Model Teacher Leader for 14 cluster schools, Academy Leader for International Business & Entrepreneurship in an IB World School, and then Academy Leader for a start-up single gender secondary academy. During my educational career, I have had the pleasure of inspiring and serving primary, intermediate and secondary students, teachers and principals. My areas of expertise include instructional best practices, designing and revising curriculum, authentic assessment, differentiating instruction and effective use data to inform instruction.