I began as a substitute teacher in many districts covering many subjects, but was fortunate enough to be hired by Conotton Valley where I began as a sixth-grade language arts teacher in the morning and an art teacher in the afternoon. The following year, fifth-grade math was added to my curriculum. I then moved to second grade for a year, followed by first grade for six years. At this time I acquired my alternate license for middle and high school English. From then on I was delighted to be teaching not only language arts in grades seven-twelve, but I also instructed in communications, journalism, and advanced writing.
In the last few years of teaching writing, my teaching style adjusted according to what I felt worked with the students. I primarily taught the whole group, then broke into smaller working groups, and spent the most time working one-on-one so that each student had individual instruction. Many of my students needed personalized attention to provide intrinsic motivation for writing. Writing isn't something most teenage students want to do, so it was important to tap into their personalities to show them how writing would be beneficial to them.
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B.S. Elementary Education Grades 1-8 (1991), Summa Cum Laude, Alternative Educator License English Grades 7-12 (2009)
I have been happily married my entire adult life to a wonderful, hard-working man. We have two children, six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. We also have a Boston terrier, a pit bull, a double-yellow headed Amazon, a frog, a spider, and numerous fish.