I love teaching because I love learning. Every year students bring a fresh perspective and keep me dancing to a new beat for research, writing, literature and poetry. I've been teaching 20 years and have had the good fortune to work in rural, urban, and suburban areas. I prize ethnic, economic, and intellectual diversity as challenges of the real world living right in front of me. I value teachable moments that integrate curriculum goals with collaboration, cooperation, and a set of personal values that students claim as their own code --not just classroom rules.
I am a huge John Dewey believer! I believe in constructivism--—where students build their knowledge from experiences and preferably cross-curricular, inter-disciplinary experiences that are inquiry-based investigations where relationships and their relevance are discovered –where rigor and reflection drive that exploration and discovery. I love to research 'primary sources' to arm my students with the best defense for developing critical thinking skills and defending their positions. My teaching style favors curriculum design that promotes systems thinking where students recognize patterns, understand relationships, and make connections. Individual and collaborative learning opportunities are provided and recognition of multiple intelligences is celebrated. Opportunities for service learning are promoted to foster civic responsibility. I favor a democratic classroom setting that honors students’ voices and addresses their interests and concerns---Let the research and learning begin! “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” John Muir
R. Bowen Hardesty Award for Innovation in Education; Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society; Wrote & awarded $10,000 grant from Jepson School of Leadership, University of Richmond for interdisciplinary unit involving school and community agencies;Wrote & awarded grants from Washington Post; Chesapeake Bay Foundation; VA Environmental Endowment Selected participant for Howard Gardner’s visit and Multiple Intelligences seminar – Roanoke College Selected participant in Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute Selected Participant in Charlotte and Jacques Wolf Educators’ Conference
B.A. English--Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA; M.Ed. Curriculum, Instruction & Supervision-UNC- Wilmington, NC
I love the beach, gardening, traveling, and creating altered books:) I think every lesson plan should include some humor and an affirmation to believe in and to trust oneself.