When I was asked as a young child what do you want to be when you grow up my response was always the same—a teacher. However, for various reasons I chose a different path after high school, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology Despite this fact, my childhood dream was indirectly always a part of me, as I have been an informal educator for the past 16 years. As an environmental educator, my contributions have been ones filled with service, commitment, and a passion to teach others about protecting the environment and conserving natural resources. I have written and published two, K – 12 curricula for educators, that spotlight Georgia’s unique and diverse flora, fauna, and aquatic habitats. Since 2002, I have taught over 2900 statewide educators in the professional development workshops I have led. However, it was because of my commitment and passion to education that I made the decision to pursue the Masters in Arts in Teaching with the desire to fulfill my childhood dream of teaching students on a daily basis. I am very excited with this new chapter in my life, as I guide my students and myself into the wonderful world of learning.
Hands-on, minds-on learning that incorporates differentiated instruction. I am a big proponent of outdoor learning and using the environment to connect students to real-world learning opportunties.
EEinGeorgia Trailblazer Award, 2002 Project WILD Facilitator of the Year, 2003 Monarchs Across GA Facilitator of the Year, 2004 Project WET, Project WILD, and Project Learning Tree Facilitator of the Year, 2007 Environmental Education Alliance Service Award by an Individual, 2009 Environmental Education Alliance Dr. Eugene Odum Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011 Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators Watts Scholar, 2011 Alpha Chi National Honor Society, 2012 Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education , 2012
Reinhardt University, Waleska, GA M.A.T. Master of Art in Teaching Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA B.S. Biology and Environmental Science Additional training: Gifted and Reading Endorsement , Project WET Facilitator, Project WILD Facilitator, Project Learning Tree Facilitator, Monarchs in the Classroom Facilitator, National Wildlife Federation’s Discovering Schoolyard Habitats and Wolf Tracks Facilitator, World Wildlife Fund’s Biodiversity Basics Facilitator, Leopold Education Project Facilitator, Our Shared Forest Facilitator, Flying Wild Facilitator, Georgia Master Gardener * Presented at over 30 national, state, and local educational conferences.
Beekeeper, master gardener, backyard chicken farmer, and geocacher
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Measurement, Other (Math), Science, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Geography (k-12), Other (Social Studies - History), Critical Thinking, Word Problems, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter, The New Year