I have been teaching advanced courses in English (primarily English II Honors and AP English Language and Composition) for the past seven years in the seventh largest district in the nation. I also have experience teaching regular-level students as well as the performing arts. I am a trainer within my district, working with colleagues and other professionals to help improve college-level writing and reading in schools across the district, particularly through our district's use of the College Board Springboard texts. For the past three years I have collaborated with a handful of colleagues to create the sophomore English pacing guide for the entire district. Last year I was asked to be the Curriculum leader for my grade level. I also have experience as the tenth-grade PLC leader at my school.
My teaching style attempts to be as transparent as possible for my students. I believe it is important for each student to know why he is learning a particular skill. As such, I carefully plan all units using the "backwards design." Each unit contains an assessment that requires a product at the end (usually but not always an essay). From there, I plan lessons backwards so they scaffold one on top of the next. The goal is for students to be able to complete the end assessment with very little teacher assistance. I strive for curiosity in my classroom. I make learning student-centered and do everything I can to foster intrinsic motivation much like I imagine the famous philosopher Socrates attempted.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Toledo in 2009. I have numerous awards and honors from high school through the present. These include Honor Roll and various Recognition certificates, and nominations into Honor Societies (including the International Thespian Society, which I eventually sponsored for several years at the start of my teaching career). I have received the rating of "Highly Effective" in my district since the implementation of our teacher evaluations in 2012.
I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Adolescent and Young Adult Education with a focus on English Language Arts from the University of Toledo in 2009. I have also taken several performing arts courses at Owens Community College in Ohio and stay current through numerous trainings within my district and beyond,including Springboard Trainings, the AP Summer Institute (I have attended this week-long institute at the University of South Florida six times), Kagan Trainings, Criss Trainings, and various webinars and in-person courses focusing on teaching writing, creative writing, authentic grammar, and rhetorical analysis.
English is my passion, and I love teaching it! I don't know what it is about the written and spoken word, but I am truly in love. I started a book club in 2014 to share my passion with other adults. My husband and I also work hard to pursue our passion in videography; we started a company in 2012 that documents weddings, other special events, and water activities in Tampa and the surrounding area. We live in a cozy home with our one year old son and our two mischievous cats.