Dr. LaToya Major-Mc serves as the Executive Director and Founder of Open Arms Leadership Academy. She is passionate about educating the whole child and promoting life-long learning. Currently, she is a Professional Learning Consultant who partners with school districts across the United States to improve students’ academic achievement. After spending 15 years working in the education field, training and coaching teachers, LaToya knows what truly drives student outcomes. She worked as a school researcher to determine teaching quality in Georgia’s public schools, conducted classroom observations, and analyzed student work to assess understanding. LaToya taught children of various ages and ethnic backgrounds in Title 1 and non-Title 1 schools and acted as a teacher leader to her peers.
She engaged in a selective residency for promising future school leaders focused on instructional leadership and management, orchestrating a culture of learning, data driven leadership, equity and diversity.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education from Georgia Southern University, a Master’s degree in Middle School Instruction from the Central Michigan University, a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, and a Doctorate in Metaphysical Science.
Victoria Albright currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Open Arms Leadership Academy. She has also had significant influence in her school district where she functions as a teacher leader and curriculum writer. She has been an educator for more than 22 years, providing instruction and mentorship to K-12 students. In her career, middle school instruction has been heavily emphasized. She is diversified in her teacher and leadership roles, working in Camden City’s School District as a teacher, teacher mentor, district lead teacher, content lead, curriculum writer and instructional coach.
Her personal experiences were the forefront of her decision to become an educator; however, her education and professional experiences prepared her to provide the best services to students. Additionally, she is an avid reader and loves to share the joy of the written word with those she encounters. Most of her work experiences have involved children of various ages. She originally wanted to be a teacher because she was fortunate to have such inspiring teachers who truly enjoyed their careers and their students. They also helped her during the challenging times in her adolescence.
She graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in African-American Studies and earned her teacher certification. She holds a MA in Reading from Rowan University.
Tia Major-McIntosh serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Opens Arms Leadership Academy and has expertise in leading instructional programs and processes. She is an educational consultant and coach, focused on teaching leadership principles and practices at both the adult and student levels to foster desired results in leadership, culture, and academics. She coaches schools throughout the state of Georgia and trains teams across the United States. Before beginning this role, Tia spent fifteen years serving as a teacher, academic coach, school administrator, and district central office administrator in high needs urban schools. She has had the pleasure of working as a school leader at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
In these roles, Tia has been committed to coaching staff in the implementation of best practices. She has effectively led school teams in obtaining improved student academic outcomes and enhanced school cultures. Facilitating staff development opportunities is one of her passions. She is dedicated to educational improvement efforts and has diligently served disenfranchised students and their families.
Tia holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and continues to pursue advanced degrees.
Dr. Shareef A. Daaliya serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Open Arms Leadership Academy. He is currently Supervisor of Student-Teaching for the STEM Masters in Sciences Teaching Program and Professors of Methods I and Method II courses, at Rutgers University Campus. He held this position for the past four years. The graduate program has successfully illuminated the academic and professional career pathways of 48 highly effective teachers during its five-year tenure at the university. All of whom currently have science teacher positions throughout New Jersey.
In the past, Dr. Daaliya served as an educator in the Camden Public School’s for 38 years, 6 as Principal of East Camden Middle School. During his first 34 years, Dr. Daaliya was assigned to Camden High School. He served in the following teacher leadership position for the 25 years:
His educational philosophical beliefs are reflective of two great African-American scholars, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Dubois. Booker T. Washington’s educational philosophy advocated a self-help concept for African-Americans.