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Jan Rozzelle-Nikas

In her position as Director of the William and Mary School Leadership Institute, Jan Rozzelle Nikas directs multiple school reform partnerships with Virginia public school dis-tricts. One partnership with five rural school districts has focused on improving leading and learning in 15 schools for the past 4 years, particularly in the area of literacy. Prior to her position at the university, Jan served a large suburban school district as reading coordinator of professional development, curriculum, and instruction for 52 schools. Her research interests focus on what works in improving literacy teaching and learning, and leadership development of principals and teachers. Jan is a past president of the Virginia State Reading Association (VSRA) and recipient of the Reading Teacher of the Year Award from VSRA. Jan also received the Collaborative Leadership Award and was awarded the Frances B. & Robert O. Nelson Memorial Scholarship for Character, Commitment, and Achievement