I've been teaching at my current public high school for 3 years, and have a total of 17 years experience in the classroom. The school I am currently at is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet Academy (SMA) program starting its third year of operation and services students in grades 4-11. While the campus is comprised of high achieving students, they are still students who require guidance and support in academic and emotional sectors. My class has a tradition of academic excellence and personal achievement, annually scoring the highest EOC Scores in the district and region I work in - 10 of my students have earned perfect scores on the LEAP2025 English II EOC state assessment. Most of my experience is teaching high school English and journalism classes; however, for several years I taught an art history class and was also a librarian/media specialist. I teach all levels--from honors students to special education students; therefore, I'm constantly modifying my assignments to fit my students' needs.
I will never stop trying to foster authentic relationships and rapport with my students because I understand the importance of developing well-rounded students who are prepared to enter society experiencing success and balance. Additional, it is imperative that I foster opportunities for students to develop creativity and critical thinking skills while being held to a high standard of rigor and personal maturity in my classroom no matter how many practice standardized tests I must give. In my opinion, it is more important to prepare students who can think independently and creatively than to prepare students who can score well on a standardized test - there is more to a child than what is demonstrated on these benchmarks.
• Highly-effective high school teacher who excels in cultivating and maintaining positive and productive relationships with all educational constituencies including parents, students, administrators, and the community. • Strong instructional leader with significant education experience and solid foundation in best practices for all content areas with a focus on using Learn Zillion Guidebooks. • High School English Department Head responsible for facilitating engaging learning experiences to support teachers in integrating new ideas and approaches into their current practices by helping teachers develop action plans based on curricular materials including lesson plans, tasks, student work, and formative assessments. • Louisiana Mentor Teacher with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively coach and support new and resident teachers acting as an intricate component in the leadership pipeline for talented local educators. • HALL OF FAME TEACHER STEM MAGNET ACADEMY OF POINTE COUPEE | 2016-2017| PERFORMANCE INDEX 106.8 ELA 8 • STEM MAGNET ACADEMY OF POINTE COUPEE | 2017-2018| PERFORMANCE INDEX ENGLISH I 122.7; ENGLISH II 124.9 • TEACHER OF THE YEAR Livonia High School | 2011 Pointe Coupee Parish | 2011 • PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY: AMERICAN HISTORY SUMMER INSTITUTE STATE REPRESENTATIVE Ashbrook Center at Ashland University | 2007
• UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX, ONLINE| Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership | 4.0 GPA • UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX, ONLINE| MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION/CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION | 4.0 GPA • SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY, HAMMOND LA
I have three wonderful boys ranging in age from 12 to 1 who keep me busy and focused on what matters most - them. Coming from a family of educators and military service men and women, I have always valued the importance of working hard and supporting those who need it most. I have taken these values and instilled them in my classroom, modeling for my students the importance of compassion and fostering a love for learning and literature.