I have been teaching for seventeen years but the last thirteen have mainly been advanced English. My classes are highly functional and innovative employing lessons that provide students with clear opportunities for growth. Part of my specialty in curriculum writing comes from a solid philosophical understanding of education. It has allowed me to take advanced literature such as Beowulf or A Modest Proposal and integrate it into a lesson on teaching the a SAT rhetorical analysis.
While I have been on several committees and explored Common Core almost since its inception, the biggest inspiration for my lessons comes from literature. I am convinced that sustained depth of knowledge comes from an extended exploration of complete works as opposed to small excerpts. My classes are discussion based, but the carefully constructed curriculum provides a framework for accountability and growth. My shop is called #heavylifting because I want to offer the depth that will help you teach complex lessons to a wide range of learners.
My greatest honor is that students continue to take my classes and consistently use my resources to attend prestigious universities.
I have a degree in English from Michigan State University and a degree in Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
My way of showing respect and appreciation for my students has been to try and make the best curriculum they ever get in an English class. I really love the idea of other teachers using their interpersonal skills with my curriculum to present dynamic lessons. My goal is to give you the best value and your students the best experience!