About Dr. Lloyd

During the Lockdown of 2020, I realized that our schools were in crisis. I wondered how school administrators would handle this crisis, as my overall interest is in school leadership.

Coming from a family of educators, my ears perked up every time I heard the governor and the mayor speak about schools in their daily press briefings during the quarantine. This moved me to conduct research on schools and the coronavirus. First, there was very little information available, then before long there was a tsunami of information on the topic. At that point, my focus shifted to compiling all of the pertinent information for school administrators, teachers, and parents to make it concise. No one has hours to sift through link after link on the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Health, the New York State Education Department, and the New York City Department of Education’s websites.

Thus, the Pandemic Preparedness Guide for School Administrators was born.

With over 20 years in education, my overall research focus has expanded to include social emotional learning, Black studies curriculum writing, and health and wellness in our schools.

As an undergraduate student at Buffalo State College, I worked part-time at my uncle’s advertising firm. One day, I stopped at a small shop and as I waited in line to check out, an ad I wrote for a local company came on the radio. Two of the most popular radio personalities in Buffalo read the script I wrote. In that moment, I felt empowered that my message played on the airways across the entire city. I stood in line shocked, amazed, and humbled, like my voice mattered. I was all in from that moment forward. I changed my major from speech pathology to Communication with a focus on public relations and advertising. My uncle was impressed with this decision and gave me more responsibilities in his business. Within a year, I was running the entire office, managing accounts, and acting as the director of creativity. I also supervised other employees in the company and hired free-lance artists for special projects. When my uncle retired, I left the business and enrolled in graduate school at the University at Buffalo to pursue my Master’s of Library Science where I learned how to conduct research in business, marketing, and education. In order to pay the bills, I worked as a school library media specialist in the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) where I instantly took on several leadership roles as a team leader for the comprehensive school education plan (CSEP), building facilitator for the Instructional Support Services Team (ISST), chair of the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) Building Committee, and chair of the black history month committee. Within three years, I was promoted to supervisor of libraries for the Buffalo Public Schools where I served as the executive officer of the Buffalo School Library Council for the New York State Library. As a district administrator, I sat on the central office Cross Functional Leadership team and provided professional development to teachers on Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning and on incorporating reading literacy across the curriculum. Then, I accepted a higher position in the Rochester City School District as the Director of Libraries where I also served as the executive officer of the Rochester School Library System for the State of New York. While in Rochester, I wanted to learn more about organizational leadership so I enrolled in the doctoral program at St. John Fisher College. In 2011, I received my doctorate in education (Ed. D.) in executive leadership. Although I climbed the ladder rather quickly in the education field, I continued to use my public relations skills helping friends who wanted to gain notoriety for their creative works. Pleased with my work, many of them encouraged me to pursue this work full time. Now that my only child is off to college, I am proud to say that I enjoy supporting my PR clients full time. It is a joy and an honor to do what I love!

I plan to continue to publish informational books to share with educators. Please stay tuned and follow me on social media for announcements and updates.

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