I have been in one high school for the last 16 years. During this time, I have taught 9th grade Literature and Composition, Honors 9th grade Literature and Composition, 11th grade American Literature, 12th grade Literature and Composition, British Literature, Inclusion at all levels, and Advanced Placement English Language and Composition. My current curriculums are American and British Literature and AP Lang.
My teaching style varies depending on the diversity of the class; however, I attempt to always make a personal/modern connection to each lesson I teach. I incorporate everything from The Andy Griffith Show to Friends to pop music to Abbott and Costello to encourage learning over memorization.
I have been chosen as STAR teacher twice in the last 6 years - the highest honor I believe a teacher can receive as it is bestowed by students.
I hold a Bachelors Degree in English Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
For the last 6 years, I have been a reader for AP/CollegeBoard for AP English Language and Composition. As well, I am on the PLT with PAGE, and I am the department chair for ELA.