In 26 years, I've taught all grades 7-12 and the university level, but my primary expertise is in grades 11-12. The last 15 years have been spent teaching both AP Literature and AP Language courses, along with College Prep and General English to juniors and seniors. So, learning to adapt to various learning styles and abilities has been a developing skill for many years. One of the most challenging assignments is to make the mental adjustment from AP seniors to General juniors, then move back to AP juniors. My schedule has flipped from one to the other in various ways for years, so I have a special empathy for other teachers who do the same. Even at 26 years, I can't say I am close to retirement. I love my job.
My teaching style consists of a combination of teacher and student-led activities that emphasize critical thinking skills. Analysis and synthesis of classical and modern writers, along with student self-analysis form the focus of my practice. Much of my presentation of skills involves what you see in my first product here. I create my own examples for student analysis, then provide opportunities for them to analyze texts and create their own examples to finalize the learning process that they then show through written or verbal expression. My classroom is a place where students feel safe expressing their views, and I endeavor to make learning fun with my weird sense of humor. Challenging debate is my specialty where students practice honing verbal and written rhetorical skills.
2009 National Board Certification in ELA; 2010 Master Teacher
BA in English Literature with a concentration in Shakespeare from University of Kentucky; Secondary English Certification from Morehead State University; MS in Technology from Morehead State University
Aficionado of all things Sherlock Holmes - including current BBC phenom - I enjoy any deductive puzzle or mystery and spend an inordinate amount of time reading - for fun. Fantasy is my all-time favorite genre and I have been known to incorporate the works of Dennis McKiernan, Robert Jordan, and Brandon Sanderson among others into the curriculum. Video gaming is another hobby I enjoy and I see tremendous value and potential in student gaming as well - in moderation. Presently am working on a series of rhetorical lessons for use with AP Language courses, as well as a Southern Gothic Unit that centers on Flannery O'Connor's first novel, "Wise Blood."