I am currently an English professor at Kennesaw State University and an English teacher with 51 Talk. Additionally, I taught AP Language & Composition and Honors 9th English in the Cobb County School System for 10.5 years and have enjoyed the privilege of being around a wonderful community of students and colleagues. I have also taught American Literature, Honors 9th Literature, and Composition/Research skills. I hold a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Georgia State University, a Master’s in English Education from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance (violin) from The University of South Carolina. As a freelance writer specializing in both academic and business writing, I have been published in College Composition & Communication, The Journal of Teaching Writing, Poptronics, and in many corporate and informational websites.
Ever since I was a child, I have loved to teach. I remember back in elementary school I would play "school" and of course, I had to be the one giving the lesson. In high school, I began teaching violin lessons to elementary and high school students, and after college I continued to teach all age groups. I loved it so much that I built a full studio and was booked every day. It was at that time that I realized I wanted to take my other love - - Writing/Reading - - into education so I could share my passion for books with others. My philosophy of teaching has evolved after ten years of teaching advanced placement (AP) composition and honors literature while simultaneously completing the gifted endorsement course, peer reviewing and writing for journals, and graduating with a PhD in rhetoric and composition. I believe that the most effective teachers are those who actually do what they teach. In these past years, I have written many papers, essays, articles, presentations, speeches, websites and blogs, and have gone through the arduous process of researching and editing. I feel that my lessons come across as authentic and useful for students because they know I understand what they are experiencing. When they write, I write. When they research, they can see me researching. I will always research and write because I feel that I must do what I teach. It is my goal to include first-year composition in the courses I teach because I want to help give students the writing foundation they will need to be successful in academia and in their future career.
After several years of writing, writing, and more writing, I graduated with my PhD in Rhetoric & Composition in 2015!
I hold a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Georgia State University, a Master’s in English Education from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance (violin) from The University of South Carolina.
As an avid blogger, I enjoy reading and contributing to blogs on photography, teaching, rhetoric, politics, and creative writing. As I grow as a teacher, I like to take my experiences and My husband, Todd and I, have been married for 17 years and have one son, Jake, who currently attends Lost Mountain Middle School. We also have a dog, Mitchell (named after the famous town in South Dakota that showcases the historic Corn Palace) and one cat, named Graystripe but lovingly called "Kitty".