I have 24 years teaching experience. I have a B.A. degree in Public Relations, M.A. degree in Secondary English & Speech, Theater, & Debate, and a M.A. degree in Gifted Education grades K-12. I taught in high school for 9 years and in middle school for 15 years. I have been teaching middle school gifted students in English/Literature for 15 years.
I like a disciplined and organized classroom. However, I allow my students to be creative and voice their opinions during the learning process. I believe students should be hands-on learners as much as possible, but participate in a structured manner.
Speech Teacher of the Year, Birmingham City Schools, 1994; member - Alabama Assoc. for Gifted Children; member - Kappa Delta Pi, Educ. Honor Society; Shelby County Middle School Teacher of the Year - 2005; conference presentor - AAGC & Alabama Teachers of Exceptional Children, 2003 - 2007; workshop presentor for Shelby County Schools, Alabama 2003 - 2011
Graduated from Huffman High School, Birmingham, Alabama; B. A. degree from University of Alabama - Birmingham;M. A. degree in Secondary Educ.-English from University of Alabama in Birmingham; M. A. degree in Gifted Educ. from The University of Alabama
I have been married for 36 years. I have 2 sons. My oldest son has a B.A. in Accounting & a Master's degree in Secondary Educ. - Math. He is currently teaching Algebra in an Alabama high school. My youngest son is married and currently attending college. Both of my parents are retired teachers, having taught over 25 years in public schools in Birmingham, Al. In my free time I enjoy reading, cooking, playing the piano & guitar, and watching movies & cooking shows.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Middle Ages, Arts & Music, Drama, Literature, Short Stories, Writing, Asian Studies, Holidays/Seasonal, Poetry, Halloween, Winter, Informational Text, Close Reading