I have taught life sciences for seventeen years in a rural Title One School located in South Georgia. In the summer of 2002, I was an instructor for the Center for Talented Youth program through Johns Hopkins University.
I am a creative person that is passionate about providing my students with the best possible science education. Coming from backgrounds of extreme, generational poverty, many of our students enter high school functionally illiterate. Life sciences are primarily abstract, language based sciences, therefore I focus heavily on incorporating visualization with traditional literacy practices to increase reading comprehension. My curriculum contains strategies from ESL research, Gardner's Multiple Intelligence's, Montessori methods along with fun and games I have adapted for older students.
I can been at the same rural title one high school my entire career. In that time I have been nominated for teacher of the year three times. Students at our school complete online evaluations on their teachers as part of the annual state evaluation. I have been the highest student ranked teacher at my high school twice, and always in the top three for the past three years, which is also the length of time the survey's have been in use.
I began my higher education at the University of South Carolina as a biology major. I transferred to Georgia Southern University at the end of my junior year. There I completed my bachelors degree in secondary education with an emphasis in biology. After nearly eight years in the classroom I returned to graduate school and received a Masters in Education and an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction from Cambridge College.
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