ENGLISH (especially writing and literature ) DRAMA (techniques of acting, improv) and MASS MEDIA (film studies) are my specialties, and I have ten years teaching experience at Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I was a freshman team leader for several years, specializing in freshman transition from middle to high school. I am trained in the "6 Traits of Writing" style for both teachers and students; as a Master Teacher I taught the "6 Traits" during school workshops and inservices. I helped develop and implement Mitchell's first "School-to-Career" Partnership. I also directed Mitchell's musicals and plays including "Annie", "Grease", "Guys and Dolls" and "Footloose". In my spare time I created the Mitchell Improvisation Team which placed third citywide. I have also taught Drama workshops to gifted children ages 8-11.
My teaching style is geared to the needs of my students; i.e., visual, aural, etc. I also tend to be more random abstract and have been known to throw out an entire lesson plan if need be to connect with students on their level. I consider myself a mediator between knowledge and students; my job is to help them help themselves to "get it". I am definitely "hands-on" and love to use the Internet in my lessons.
Nominated for "Outstanding Young Woman of America", 1987. Multiple year honoree for "Who's Who of America's Teachers. Finalist in the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce K-12 School Program of Excellence (1998) and winner in the 1999 School Program of Excellence. COPE Award State Winner (1998) for the Colorado Education Business Partnership Award. I have received four Colorado Springs District 11 Exemplary Awards (two for Outstanding School/Business Partnerships, one for Best City Musical "Grease", and one for Outstanding Staff Development).
I received my B.A. in Communication Studies from UNLV, 1979. I received my teaching credentials from UNL 1992-1994. I also have a 2 year degree in Radio & TV Broadcasting; along with an FCC 3rd class Broadcast License.
For twenty years, I was involved in both drama and broacasting on a professional basis. I was a disc jockey in Las Vegas in the late 70's and 80's, and have acted on stage and "in the classroom". After all of this, it was inevitable that my voice would give out. After being diagnosed with "spasmodic dysphonia", I have now retired from the classroom.