I am entering my 14th year in education, and I've taught 7th-12th grade during my entire teaching career (including student teaching with 8th graders!). I don't know what it's like to teach a class that isn't state tested, and I work very hard to make my classroom materials challenging and rigorous to meet my students' needs for their learning goals.
My classroom is very organized and structured. I cannot function with controlled chaos, so my students know what I expect from them, and they *usually* perform with those expectations in mind. My lesson plans and activities are also very structured, but they offer flexibility for adapting as needed to fit various classroom styles.
- Teacher of the Month, September 2005 - MS Best Collaborative Team Award, 2011 - Academic Collaborative Team Leader, 2010 and 2012 - Grade Level Team Leader, 2012 - Spelling Bee Coordinator, 2008-2009 - Student Council Sponsor, 2009-2011 - Beta Club Sponsor, 2014-current - Mentor Teacher Certification, 2007-current
I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor's degree in English Education in December 2004. I went back to school in January 2012 to obtain my Master's degree in Secondary Education, and I graduated with a 4.0 from William Carey University in May 2013. Following more time in the classroom, I decided that I wanted to pursue a Specialist in Educational Leadership degree, and I graduated with a 4.0 in 2017. I look to work in administration one day in the future.
My husband, Paul, and I have been married for 10 years, and together we have two boys - Joseph, age 8 and Matthew, age 5. I absolutely adore being the mother of two boys, and I enjoy spending time outside playing with them in my spare time.