I am an English teacher in the state of Michigan, and I am in my tenth year in the classroom. I have taught grades 8-12, included Advanced Placement English Literature, and Advanced Placement Composition Courses. I currently teach Language Arts 8, Reading 8, and serve as the English Department Chairperson.
My favorite things about teaching English include: British Literature, Transcendentalist authors such as Thoreau and Emerson, Modernist authors such as Hemingway and Steinbeck, teaching Advanced-Placement (AP) English courses, and of course, Shakespeare. My true passion lies in teaching college-level courses, and secondary English Literature to high school upperclassmen.
The Saginaw News named me a finalist for their "Diamond Award" in teaching in 2008. I have also been professionally published with the University of Kansas two times.
I am a proud graduate of Grand Valley State University (Bachelor of Arts/BA- History/English), and a 2012 honors graduate of Michigan State University (Master of Arts in Education/MAEd.- English Literacy/Educational Technology). I was also an opinion and editorial writer for The State News - the largest college newspaper in the nation.
When I am not teaching, I am probably fostering one of my many obsessions with nature. I am an avid wilderness photographer, bow-hunter, fly-fisher, backpacker, snow-shoer, gardener, and canoeing enthusiast. I am absolutely in love with the state of Michigan, and I am constantly finding new things to enjoy about the outdoors. I am a frequent visitor to Michigan's Upper Peninsula and I especially enjoy the south shore of Lake Superior.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Science, Environment, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Other (Arts), Drama, Career and Technical Education, Other (Specialty), ELA Test Prep, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Literature, ESL / ELL / EFL, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Poetry, Informational Text, Close Reading