I've been teaching for 10 years. Three years were spent overseas teaching in South Korea. Roughly half of my teaching experience is in middle school, while the other half has been spent in high school. I've also taught writing workshops to adults. Currently, (2018-19) I teach English Language Arts, AP English (LANG), Honors English 11/12, English 11/12 and AVID. Other classes I've taught over the years include: ELA (middle and high school 7-12) AP Language (high school 11/12) Honors English (high school 11/12) Spanish 1 and 2 (high school) ESOL (K-12) EFL (middle school) Yearbook (high school elective) Debate (middle school elective) Creative Writing (middle school) Music Appreciation (high school elective) Summer Camp (elementary level) AVID
Creativity and relevancy are the two most important tenets of my lesson planning. Even though it takes a lot of work and extra time, I've always tailored my own lessons by hand. I sometimes buy lessons off of Teachers Pay Teachers and tailor them to my own group. I want to sell things that other teachers can use in their classrooms and tailor to their particular group. Differentiation is a key part of my classroom and I believe there are many ways for students to show their mastery. I personally believe that teaching is an extremely challenging career and work/life balance is important. I am a freelance writer in my off time and it dove-tails nicely with teaching. I believe that a remarkable teacher--in any subject--is a lifelong learner and a lifelong reader.
I graduated with honors from Pacific University in Oregon with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) I was awarded a 4 month paid writing residency for my personal freelance writing through Astoria Visual Arts in Oregon.
Bachelor of English from Oregon State University 2000 M.A.T. from Pacific University in Oregon 2008 Benedict International Language School in Quito, Ecuador 2000
I LOVE travel and experiencing other cultures. I've lived abroad in both South America and South Korea. Some of the most memorable places I have traveled to include: The Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Belize, Mexico and Jeju Island, Peru and the Galapagos Islands. Besides travel, I really enjoy reading, writing, illustration, animals and nature.