My first teaching teaching experience was at a juvenile detention center for adolescent and teen boys. Since then, I have taught upper elementary, middle school and high school English/Language Arts. Additionally, I have taught English as a Second Language to adults and school-aged girls in India. My volunteer work includes working with women in prison including their involvement in the One Book, One Community project. In another role, as teacher and student, I shared some integrated study ideas while learning environmental stewardship lessons from students and faculty in schools in Costa Rica. My good fortune has provided opportunities for me to teach in inner city, rural, and urban schools, and I have enjoyed immensely students and families from diverse backgrounds. They have inspired me with their rich and engaging lessons!
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. 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
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.