*I have a wide variety of teaching experiences: I started my career teaching 1st grade, which I taught for 3 years. *I owned and operated my own preschool business for 4 years. *I taught grades 2-5 gifted for 8 years. *I taught grades 6-8 gifted at a middle school for 9 years. *I taught grades 6 and 7 middle school math. *I am currently teaching grades 4-6 gifted at an elementary school, which I have been doing for the past 6 years. *I have been the gifted coordinator in my school district for 9 years. *I have taught undergraduate teacher education classes at the University of Southern Mississippi.
I teach in a pull-out gifted classroom where my students are served 5 hours per week, one day each week. I am a facilitator in my classroom and the majority of the day is student-centered. The main goal of my classroom is for students to be self-directed; so therefore, I design various individual and group projects which necessitate active learning, collaboration, and problem-solving.
Global Virtual Classroom International Web Design Competition; Second Place; May, 2013. “Innovation and Inventions.” ($250.00) Toshiba Grant for “Project Innovate” ($1,000) October, 2012. Global Virtual Classroom International Web Design Competition; First Place; May, 2012. “Healthy Lifestyles.” ($1,000) Mississippi Economic Council Best Practices Award ($300) October, 2011. Mississippi Association for Gifted Children Conrad Castle Grant ($400) September, 2011. Mississippi Power Grant (August, 2011) “LASSO: Land, Air, Space, Sea Opportunities-Connecting With STEM” ($2,000) Superior Ranking, Project Citizen Citizen State Showcase (April, 2011). Superior Rating (highest ranking) Project Citizen National Showcase, Louisville, Kentucky (July 28, 2010). Second Place International Competition Give Something Back International Global Virtual Classroom Competition for “Past, Present, and Future” web site (April, 2010) Merit Recognition for Mulitmedia Give Something Back International Global Virtual Classroom Competition for “Music Around the World” web site (May, 2009) Third Place International Competition Give Something Back International Global Virtual Classroom Competition for “LOHAS-Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability” web site (May, 2008) Second Place International Competition Give Something Back International Global Virtual Classroom Competition for “House of Knowledge” web site (May, 2007) First Lego League Robotics Valuable Coach and Mentor Award for the state of Mississippi tournament (December, 2006) Mississippi Power Alan Barton Excellence in Teaching Award (April, 2006) National Award: Freedom’s Foundation Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education Philadelphia, PA (April, 2005) for T.E.A.M. project (Together Entrepreneurs Achieve More) First recipient of the Good Works Fund Grant (April, 2004) of $1,000 from Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Mississippi Power Grant (January, 2002) of $1,500 for “Hands Across the World”. School-To-Career Grant (October, 2001) of $4,000 for creating and implementing four school-based enterprises. BellSouth Grant (September, 2001) of $500 for “Hands Across the World”. Hancock Bank Leo Seal Teacher Award (April, 2000) of $1,000.
National Board Certification Middle Childhood Generalist (November 30, 2000; recertified November, 2010) Gifted Certification (K-12), William Carey College, August 1994 Masters degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction, University of Southern Mississippi BS degree in Elementary Education (K-8), University of Southern Mississippi, May 1982
March, 2015-present-Mississippi Department of Education Work Group to Review State Gifted Outcomes September, 2014-Present, Immediate Past-President Mississippi Association for Gifted Children September 2013-2014, President Mississippi Association for Gifted Children 2012-2013, President-Elect Mississippi Association for Gifted Children Co-Chair of Mississippi Association for Gifted Children Conference, Meridian, MS September,2012. 2011-2012, Vice-President, Mississippi Association for Gifted Children November, 2011 presented “Connecting the Gifted to the Local and Global Community” at the National Association of Gifted Children Conference. Presentation was one of three hundred selected nationally out of over one thousand proposals. September, 2011 presented “Connecting the Gifted to the Local and Global Community” at the MAGC Conference. September, 2011 co-presented “Flexible Grouping in the Gifted Program Using the Workshop Model” at the MAGC Conference. November 5, 2010 presented “Connecting the Gifted to the Local and Global Community” at the University of Southern Mississippi Day of Sharing for Teachers of the Gifted, sponsored by The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies. September 30, 2010 presented “Current Issues in Gifted Education: Meeting the Needs and Responsibility of the Gifted Education Classroom in the Age of Testing” at the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children Conference September 24, 2009 presented “How to Successfully Start and Maintain and Parent Affiliate Group” at the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children Conference October, 2008 presented “Best Practices in Gifted Education” to Gulf Coast Teachers of the Gifted. September 18-19, 2008 presented “Appropriate Activities for Middle School Gifted” and “Starting a Parent Affiliate Group with MAGC” at the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children Conference (3 sessions) October 6, 2007 presented “How to Start a MAGC Parent Affiliate Group” at the Parenting Gifted Children Conference at the University of Southern Mississippi September 28, 2007 presented “Using Technology to Incorporate Gifted Process Skills and to Evaluate with Digital Portfolios” at the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children Conference June, 2007 presented “Appropriate Activities to Incorporate the Gifted Process Skills in a Middle School Gifted Classroom” for the Gifted Institute at the Mississippi Rising Conference sponsored by the Mississippi State Department of Education Provided a presentation of the Long Beach Middle School SACS plan to SACS evaluators in October, 2003. Prepared and delivered a presentation to the entire faculty at Long Beach Middle School in January, 2002 on “Hands Across the World” and our implementation of a school United Nations, conflict resolution, multicultural education integration, and peer mediation. Delivered a presentation to Educators of the Gifted in October, 2001 on “Hands Across the World” and implementing a school United Nations with conflict resolution and peer mediation. Presented a workshop on “Multiple Intelligence” to parents at the Reeves Elementary Parent Resource Center in January, 1999. Presented a workshop on “Establishing Parent Resource Centers” to Educators of the Gifted in October 1998 after establishing Parent Resource Center at Reeves Elementary in November 1997. Provided a presentation on “Gifted Students Conducting a School-wide Renaissance Fair” at a conference for Educators of the Gifted in March 1998. Workshop on “Planning A School-Wide Fair” for teachers in Grades K-5 at East Ward Elementary in February 1996. Workshop on “Implementing Learning Centers” for preschool teachers at First Baptist Preschool, Long Beach, MS in February 1992 and October 1993
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Specialty, Math, Science, Social Studies - History, Civics, Elections - Voting, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Spring, Summer, Informational Text, Engineering