During my studies at the University of North Texas, I worked with 6th-12th graders in youth education and English Language Arts for ESL students. I taught freshman for two years in North Texas, one year with On-Level and the second with Pre AP. I worked with remedial students as well to improve reading and standardized skills. I currently work as a substitute so I can continue working with students whilst developing my curriculum writing skills.
My teaching style has always been a hybrid between lecturer, facilitator, and delegator. I use varying styles for two reasons; one is that different lessons call for different learning experiences, and the second is that I want to give my students experience with multiple teaching styles so they may be successful with any style of future teachers, professors, and employers.
Most importantly, I am awarded each year by my students' growth and accomplishments. I am always honored when a student shares the positive impact my class has had in their lives and education. Their letters and words about how much I have taught them about ELA, their identity, and their goals and how safe an environment I created for them to learn and be themselves in my classroom may not be official certifications or honors, but those mean more to me than any other recognition I have yet to receive. I have been recognized by my ELA peers with the Teacher of the Month award in 2016 for innovative classroom ideas, positivity in the work place, and successful interpersonal relationships. I was recognized as a nominee for Student Employee of the Year at the University of North Texas in 2015 for my strong work ethic, supportive and positive personality in the work place, quick learning and problem-solving skills, and fantastic customer service.
My education history is unique because it was heavily influence by my father's career in the US military. My family moved every couple of years which allowed me to experience the education systems of Virginia, California, Mississippi, Japan(US education on a military based), and Texas. After attending three high schools in different states, I graduated from Ocean Springs High School in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor's degree in English with a focus on English Language Arts for Secondary Level Education. There I completed requirements in the English Department and Education Department. I was also chosen to participate in a new study aboard program to student teach in Sevilla, Spain in 2015. I look back on my own education with fond memories and a source for ideas in my current field.
I am an adventurous and driven individual. I have a passion to be creative and a desire to contribute to my communities. I try to develop my many interests in education, writing, reading, art, music, gardening, cooking, traveling, and so much more. I have a wonderful and supportive husband, and a brilliant network of friends and colleagues. I also drink coffee, so much coffee!