Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - NLU Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Mary Ann Kahl

Second Advisor

Dr. Valerie Schmitz

Third Advisor

Dr. Shannon Hart


The proposed policy advocacy documents the need to revise a school district's Administrative Policy 6.07 Employee Rules of Conduct as it relates to teacher attendance. The intention of this policy revision is to ensure that teachers adhere to their contractual obligations of being present daily, being on time, being prepared with lesson plans and all the tools that are needed to be ready to provide educational services to all students. The ultimate goal of this policy revision would be to provide administrators with an evaluative tool to hold teachers accountable for their attendance in order to afford administrators the confidence in completing a misconduct or disciplinary hearing. Moreover, the policy revision contains descriptions of district wide support for teachers that would be in place to improve staff attendance.


Marian Wright Edelman, the highly passionate activist for children’s rights once said “Education is for improving the lives of others, and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” Holding those words as a hallmark and knowing that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13) has made this arduous journey one of fulfillment and purpose.

I give all honors to my personal Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His continued mercy and grace. I believe when the going got tuff, He blessed me with the strength to endure and overcome when I had doubts about whether or not I could actually achieve this wonderful goal. I would like to express my deepest appreciation and love to my rock and life companion my husband Phil Pulliam who supported me with his love, patience and continued encouragement, my two wonderful children Morgan and Mariah for making it easy on me by asking for 100 things instead of the normal 1,000 things while I had home work due! I pray my examples of accomplishment encourage you all to know with hard work and perseverance there is nothing you can’t accomplish. My parents John Wayne and Sylvia Coleman for instilling in me hard work and sacrifice, but above all watching the children when I had homework due. My siblings Lenard, Keelavore and Mabeline for your various supports as well as my brother-n-law Julian Richard. My cousins Andrew Hackett for showing me the meaning of resilience, Jeff and Suprena Coleman and Kaila for your love and support. My dearest and closest friends Dorothy Reddic, Carletta Noland, Yvonne Perry, Ebony Davis, Mary Ann Malone, Phil Rhymes, Patrice Moore, Adrianne Lovett and last but definitely not least; my girls, woman of achievement, honor and integrity Phyllis Weston and Stephanie James for making my transition from Mississippi to Milwaukee a wonderful and heartfelt experience. Today will always be a day that I will cherish, not just because of my personal achievement, but also for those that sacrificed and died so that I may be able to achieve.