I have taught English for the past twelve years in a variety of grade levels (11th, 12th, college level), but most of my career has been spent in the AP English world of Literature and Language. As a published poet myself, I also teach creative writing workshops around the country.
I am passionate about creating materials that are thoughtfully differentiated, student centered, and highly engaging. I want my classroom to offer students something new every day. When my lessons are at their strongest, students are doing the heavy lifting and I am coaching them to produce their best academic work.
National Poetry Series Winner (2011) Kinder Award Winner for Excellence in the Classroom (2014) Teacher of the Month (2016) YES Prep Advanced Teacher Year Three Status (2018)
Bachelors of English (Creative Writing) from Florida State University. Masters of Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Houston.
I currently have the honor to work for YES Prep, a charter school committed to providing quality education to Houston's most underserved communities. I have published one book of poetry, The Lifting Dress, with Penguin in 2011. Right now, I am hard at work revising the final draft of my second collection, The Rented Altar. I hope to have it accepted for publication by the end of 2018. A link to my first book is here: https://www.amazon.com/Lifting-Dress-National-Poetry/dp/0143119656/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526145858&sr=8-1&keywords=the+lifting+dress