A teacher, writer, and business woman, I combine research-based instructional strategies, creativity, and practical application to design dynamic, digital lessons that optimize students' college and career readiness. It is a privilege to teach and influence young people. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from The University of Tennessee. I worked in the finance industry for many years before I decided to follow in my mother's footsteps and embrace my natural inclination to teach. I earned a post-baccalaureate teaching certificate through Lincoln Memorial University in secondary business education. I am also certified to teach all middle school subjects and am currently working on my master's degree in curriculum and instruction. As a former banking executive, I realize the necessity of math, language, and problem-solving skills in the workplace, the value of abstract thinking, and the importance of teaching to unique learning styles in a group for success. Currently, I teach computer applications as an embedded course in core curriculum. I am also a writer with three pieces of published work: The Eye of Adoption, Parents, Stop and Think, and Field Day.
My goal is to use technology to creatively combine academic content with workplace skills so students may master AND apply all they learn. Today's students (tomorrow's workforce) must be resourceful problem-solvers who know how to think, create, analyze, and apply content standards and skills. I design project-based lessons that often incorporate content from several disciplines (typically a mix of technology, reading, writing, marketing, English, biology, algebra, and geometry). I tease my students to see the big picture, to see all the connections, and "think outside the barn."
TEACHING: Instructional Technology Facilitator (Coach), 9th Grade State Testing Coordinator, Tech Team member, Anti-Bullying Committee member, Communication Chair for Strategic Professional Development Team. WRITING: Amazon Best Seller (paperback and Kindle) The Eye of Adoption voted a "Favorite Read" by Adoptive Families Magazine Authors Guild of Tennessee member. BANKING: Served as “Best Practices” panelist/speaker throughout East TN Region, Earned Chairman’s Club Award 2002: Top 15 Percent of Managers, Earned Chairman’s Club Award 2003 Managed the main sales office for the East TN Territory of Regions Bank
The University of Tennessee, BS Finance Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate LMU - Pursuing master's degree in curriculum and instruction The University of Tennessee Extension Office: Personal Finance Teaching Certificate Virtual Enterprise International: Teaching Certificate
Outside school, I am a writer and public speaker. My goals as a speaker and writer are pretty much the same as my goals as a teacher: to encourage, enlighten, and entertain others with engaging, relevant, helpful content. I am currently working on another book, which is a collection of humorist essays titled Theories: Size 12. I am also planning a comprehensive student-focused writing project. For more information on these works, please visit my website www.jodydyer.com.