I have 6 years English Language Arts Teaching experience. I teach English literature, Broadcast Journalism, and College Communication (the course teaches communication skills and public speaking). I am also an adjunct English professor for two community colleges focusing on creative writing and ACT testing strategies. Prior to becoming a teacher I worked as a reporter and public relations specialist. I love being able to use my college education and career experience in the classroom since it's very relevant!
My broadcast course is very hands on. I bring in lots of interactive examples and let the students be as creative as they please. In all of my classes I have a wide variety of learners, so I am able to modify and accommodate for many levels.
I am the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Region 5; First Place In-Depth Radio Reporting, “School Discipline: Behind Classroom Doors.” The project explores one school’s fight to overcome a host of escalating discipline problems. I also obtained the Illinois Broadcaster’s Association-University Silver Dome Award for Best TV Public Affairs/News Magazine for “The International Experience: A Documentary.”
Midwest Media Educators Council Member (MMEA), Journalism Education Association Member (JEA), Adjunct professor at College of DuPage and Waubonsee Community College, Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education, Dominican University; Master of Science in Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
I am an Irish dancer and have taught many classes to all ages.
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Journalism, Other (ELA), Literature, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Tools for Common Core, Informational Text, Close Reading