I have been in a regular education classroom for 17 years. I have taught Practical Living, Drama, Reading, Literature, World History and American History. I have sponsored the STLP Team (Student Technology Leadership Program), Academic Team, and Student Council. I have served in leadership roles in my school through serving on the School Based Decision Making (SBDM) committee, a governing body for the school and various other committees. I have acted and was employed as a Resource Teacher (mentor) for the KTIP program (Kentucky Teacher Internship Program), which all new teachers are required to do their first year of teaching.
I prefer to act as a facilitator for the students. Depending on the class and group of students will determine how much or how little I am able to allow student choice. I love to use cooperative groups. My classroom is not only noisy but sometimes messy. When students are learning and creating it is not always "quiet time."
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I hold multiple degrees. My Bachelor of Science (BS) is in Psychology with a minor in Literature. I returned to college and earned my teaching certificate. Shortly after that, I again returned to college and earned my Masters in Education (MAEd) with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Instructional Technology. I then pursued my National Board Teaching Certificate and earned it in Adolescents Social Studies. After a lapse of about a year, I returned to college and earned my Education Specialist (EdS) in School Administration.
I have recently started raising "Backyard Chickens." Since I and my husband are officially "history geeks," the breed we chose to raise are an endangered historic/heritage breed and are on the Livestock Breeds Conservancy "Threatened" list. My chickens are Silver Gray Dorkings. The Dorkings were supposedly brought from Gaul to Britain by Julius Caesar, hence my roosters' names are Tiberius and Nero. I have also returned to my roots by planting a garden and starting to preserve food. I take a lot of pleasure in my flock and in my garden on those halcyon summer days we teachers are granted.
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Reading, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Civics, Government, U.S. History, World History, Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Writing, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Black History Month, For All Subjects