Mr. Tony C. Horning

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Personal Mission Statement

To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God.

                                                                                                  Micah 6:8


Expanded Curriculum Vita


Professional Objective

            The use of my knowledge, skills, and abilities to their fullest capacities to assist organizations and individuals in attaining their goals and objectives through measurable and sustainable processes and protocols.

Professional Summary

Strategic Planning Consultant (public & private industries)

National Trainer and Quality Systems Consultant

Elementary & Middle-School Principal

C.O.O & Founding Director of a Public-Charter School of Distinction

Graduate & Undergraduate College Professor

Keynote Speaker and Presenter

Elementary Classroom Teacher

Veteran, United States Coast Guard (E5)


Educational Leader recognized by:

Univ. of North Carolina’s Center for Leadership Development- Jack McCall Award recipient

The Oxford Round Table, Oxford University, Oxford England

Published by The American Society for Quality



Ed.D.   Educational Leadership & Management, Capella University [ABD] (2012)

Ph.D.   Educational Leadership, Kennedy-Western University (private, non-accredited, 2000)

M.Ed.  Administration & Supervision, University of South Florida (1989)

B.A.    Elementary Education, University of South Florida (1985)



Avery’s Creek Elementary School, Arden, NC

2013 to Present


• Elementary Classroom Teacher- Avery’s Creek Elementary School

            Responsible for course creation, objective alignment, instructional delivery, assessment of student performance, course alignment with state standards, grade level goals, and objectives.


Montreat College, Montreat NC

2007 to 2012


• Associate Undergraduate & Graduate School Professor

            Responsible for course creation, objective alignment, instructional delivery, assessment of teacher candidate (undergraduate) performance, course alignment with college and program goals and objectives.


Chair, Education Department/Director, Graduate Program

Responsible for departmental oversight including curricula, course loads, course scheduling, faculty and/or student issues, and compliance with NCDPI accreditation criteria, grant management, faculty assessments and program development.


• Member- Institutional Review Board

            Responsible for analysis of research methodologies, protocols and final approval of proposed research application. Having engaged in the IRB process through two separate doctoral research programs I possess the knowledge of the laws and policies guiding research protocols. I was responsible for analysis and critique of research applications submitted to the college IRB as they pertained to the implementation of studies to be conducted on live, human subjects within the institution.


• Data Analyst

Responsible for data collection and analyses for college academic departments as well as Teacher Education department. Analyses included college curricular surveys and course assessments for both ongoing system evaluation and reaccreditation outcome protocols.


• Teacher Candidate Supervisor

            Responsible for training of supervising teachers and observation and supervision of teacher candidates within both the Field Experience courses and final Student Teaching block. Responsible for accurate assessment and conferencing with candidates in accordance with SACS and NCDPI criteria.




ArtSpace Charter School, Swannanoa, NC

June, 2001 to May 2007

Artspace Charter School is a K-8 public-charter school utilizing the performing and visual arts within a research-driven academic environment. It was a School of Distinction (3 times), School of Progress (2 times), and employed a North Carolina Charter School Teacher of The Year during my tenure as the school’s director. It was also the first charter school in North Carolina to receive a ten year renewal of its charter rather than the typical 5 year renewal.


• Founding Executive Director, Elementary & Middle School Principal

            Oversight of, and/or direct involvement in, the following:


Student Achievement-

  1. Academic achievement

    Monitored student performance statistically by classroom, continuously sought out best practices for classroom instruction.

  2. Data Analysis

    Applied statistical analyses of student performance data.

  3. Implementation of data-driven improvement strategies

    These strategies were applied in the classroom.

  4. Exceptional Children’s department

    Supervised the performance of faculty and staff within the EC Department and attended all parent meetings within that department.

  5. Student retention/promotion

Supervised the procedures involving students who appear to qualify for retention and promotion using best practices and socio-emotional and performance data when necessary.


Faculty/Staff/Procedural Oversight-

  1. Hiring/Termination of personnel

    Interviewed and conferenced with all incoming and outgoing personnel.

  2. Teacher training

    Trained faculty in best practices and pedagogy.

  3. Faculty observations

    Regularly observed classroom teachers, evaluated them and conferenced with them following the observation, which included strengths and areas for improvement.

  4. Faculty/Staff evaluations

    Annually evaluated both faculty and staff concerning their performance during the academic year.

  5. Licensure of certified teachers

    Managed all state paperwork concerning initial teacher licensure and renewal.

  6. Student and personnel safety

    Wrote, edited, and maintained the safety policies and procedures for all students, employees, and visitors.

  7. Staff training

    Oversaw staff training as needed throughout the year.

  8. Committee involvement and coordination

    Worked directly with all in-school and Board committees and sub committees.

  9. Emergency procedures

    Maintained and supervised emergency procedure walk-throughs including school evacuation, inclement weather, and lock down.

  10. Facilitating meetings

Met weekly with all faculty members and on other days as needed. Constructed the agenda with input from others who needed to present information.


External Communications-

  1. Communications

    Regularly communicated with school families and the surrounding community.

  2. Parent-School relationships

    Regularly met with parents and parent groups involved in the school (e.g. the development of a hot lunch program and extra curricular activities).

  3. Student discipline

    Met with students and families when administrative action was required and implemented printed policies commensurate with the level of infraction.

  4. Policies & Handbooks

    Wrote or approved all entries, additions, and edits to policy manuals and Student/Family Handbook.

  5. School closing (inclement weather)

Was responsible for determining if the school was going to open or, in some cases, close early during winter months.

Budget Management-

  1. Coordination with Acadia/Northstar Financial Service

    Worked directly with the contracted financial advisors to the school.

  2. Payroll management

    Managed payroll for all faculty and staff members and various payroll expenditures for substitute teachers and guest performers.

  3. Budget process

    Oversaw a school budget in excess of $1,000,000, which included multiple charts of accounts and audit data.

  4. Invoicing

    Managed and approved all invoices throughout the academic year.

  5. Grant-writing

    Wrote several state and federal grants to increase learning opportunities for students.

  6. Enrollment management

    Oversaw the lottery process and managed classroom distribution of students.

  7. Lottery process

Ensured all stated policies and procedures were implemented during the lottery and student selection process.

Board of Directors-

  1. Coordination with school board

    Met regularly with full board and individual members to discuss school opportunities and/or issues that had arisen.

  2. Board training

Trained the school board in learning styles and collaborative leadership.


Building & Grounds-

  1. Custodial operations

    Plunging toilets, waxing floors, painting walls, ad infinitum.

  2. Compliance with all local, state, and federal guidelines, codes, ethics, and laws

    Continuously met with various officials to maintain compliance with all codes and policies specific to the building and property.

  3. Securing of initial (temporary) property

    Met with a plethora of local leaders to secure the school’s location in its first year of operation.

  4. Securing of permanent property

    Worked with property owner and school board to negotiate a permanent location for the school beginning in its second year.

  5. Construction of additions to the building

Worked with architects, contractors, sub-contractors, and inspectors from the design and bidding phase through to final approval.

Northside Christian School, St. Petersburg, FL

ACSI Accredited

June, 1997 to May, 2001


• Elementary Principal-

Duties included administration and supervision of personnel and operations within the school. Oversight of, and/or direct involvement in, the following:

1. Student achievement

2. Budget process

3. Data Analyses

4. Compliance with all local, state, and federal guidelines, codes, ethics, and laws

5. Hiring/Termination of personnel

6. Securing of additional classroom portables

7. Student and personnel safety

8. Coordination with school board

9. Teacher training

10. Staff training

11. Parent-School relationships

12. Faculty observations

13. Faculty/Staff evaluations

14. Implementation of data-driven improvement strategies

15. Communications

16. Exceptional Children’s department

17. Custodial operations (plunging toilets, waxing floors, painting walls, ad infinitum)

18. Enrollment management

19. Public relations

20. Fundraising

21. Committee involvement and coordination

22. Emergency procedures

23. Policies & Handbooks

24. Marketing

25. Student retention/promotion

26. Student discipline

27. Facilitating staff meetings


St. Petersburg Junior College, St. Petersburg, FL

August, 1995 to May 1997


• Adjunct Professor of Applied Ethics

Instructional delivery concerning current ethical issues within society (e.g. business ethics, pornography, euthanasia, and medical-related issues).


Pinellas County Schools, St. Petersburg, FL

August, 1985 to May, 1997


• Elementary Classroom Teacher

During my eleven years in the classroom I grew to understand how high student achievement could be obtained through a data-driven, student-ownership environment.

Both the governor of the state and ASQ acknowledged my success.

               + Over eleven years taught grades 1, 3, 4 & 5.

   + Awarded the SCICOM (Science & Communications) technology grant used to integrate technology with literacy.

+ One of two teachers selected to create the conceptual framework for Frontier Elementary School, the first technologically driven elementary school in the county.

+ Lead transformation teacher at Azalea Elementary which led to the school being awarded the Governor's Sterling Award for quality processes (Baldridge criteria).