* Prince William County Schools, VA. 6th and 7th grade LA and history teacher. Also grant proposal writer. 1990 - 1999. 2005 - 2008. * CACI, Chantilly, VA. Technical writer for computer software company, 1999 - 2005. * Canton (MS) Public Schools. 7th grade LA teacher. 1987 - 1990 * Bay County (FL) Public Schools. HS English teacher. 1982 - 1984. * Ouachita (LA) Christian School. English and social studies teacher. 1978- 1979.
My LA teaching style is a blend of old and new. I feel that students need a good foundation in the basics of our language. As a result, I teach grammar, homonyms, and analogies. These lessons pay great dividends in student writing when I teach essays and research papers. Then for literature, I blend several strategies to develop a love of reading in my students. These techniques include hands-on activities, independent reading, group reading, and literature circles. With my middle school history classes, I searched for nitty-gritty details that would make history come to life. Techniques included unit studies and story telling.
* Numerous Certificates of Achievement from Prince William County Schools in recognition of my work in grant writing. * IBM and Teacher Magazine Teacher of the Year (one of four state-level winners for Virginia).
BS in secondary education, Freed-Hardeman U, 1976. MA in English, Jackson State U, 1990. Post-graduate courses at George Mason U., 1990-2005. Technical courses at NVCC, 2000-2005.
I have given the following presentations: ** "The Fremen of 'Dune': Frank Herberts Use of the Fremen to Expose the Plight of Modern Palestinian Arabs." Science Fiction Research Association Conference, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1995. ** "I Saw It in the Budget. The Quiet in the Land?" Conference, Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania, 1995. ** "Writing a Step Above." Presentation has been given numerous times to public and home school organizations, from 1992 through 1998. ** "Storytelling: Bringing History to Life." Presentation has been given four times to public and home school groups, 1992 â€“ 1998. ** "Reading and Thinking Skills: The Phonics Connection." HEAV Conference, Richmond, Virginia, 1998 and 1996.