I gained my first few years of experience by working alongside two colleagues and two professors at the NAU Honors College to start up NAU's first Honors Writing Center. Undergoing tutoring training and working as a tutor helped me uncover my love for helping others find their own voice and style when writing. I have been teaching English for high school students for six years now. I have taught 11th grade for 5 years, and have taught AP Lang and Comp. for 3 years. I am most familiar with American literature and nonfiction.
I like creating a discussion-based classroom, where speaking and listening are key skills we practice all year through whole-class discussions, argumentative seminars, small group presentations, and informal "think alouds." I believe if we don't have the rights words to say it, we will never have the right words to write it. I believe if we don't speak the way we want to sound, then we will never write the way wish to be heard. I encourage my students to share their ideas, thesis statements, closing statements, arguments, anecdotes, etc. aloud as often as possible, before putting pen to paper.
Graduated Summa Cum Laude B.S. Seconday English Education PBHS Teacher of the Year
Graduated from Highland High School in 2007 Graduated from NAU Honors College 2011
I advise the Creative Writing Club on campus. When I am not teaching, I am spending time with my husband and two beautiful twin daughters. I, like all teachers who are a part of the Teachers Pay Teachers community, understand what a GIFT it is to save an hour or two by sharing and collaborating with colleagues.