This is my 12th year in education, and over the years I've had many opportunities that have shaped my philosophy of education as well as my pedagogy. Some of those experiences include, but are not limited to, the following: English Dept. Chair, District Curriculum Committee, Instructional Coach, Team-Teacher, AP Language Exam Reader, Student Council Advisor, Tennis Coach, Academic Decathlon Sponsor, Administrative Leadership Team, Book Club Advisor, Mentor Teacher, and All-Around Great Gal!!
My style has evolved over the years as I've honed my craft. Currently I plan lessons that focus on close reading, collaborative learning, interdisciplinary connections, depth of knowledge, and student engagement. Basically, students come to class and work hard, work in groups, work to find the answer, and work to defend it.
Teacher of the Year 2008-2009 (awarded by District) Teacher of the Month, Dec. 2008 & Oct. 2010 (awarded by Staff) Voted “Teacher Most Likely to Still Know You in 10 Years” (Student Council, 2008) Teacher of the Month, Dec. 2007 (awarded by Administration)
Green Valley HS (NV) -- 1994 (Top 10% of the class, Distinguished Scholar) Brigham Young University -- 1998 (BA in Humanities/English, Minor in Art History) Arizona State University -- 2000 (MA in Humanities/Film Studies) University of Phoenix -- 2001 (Post-Bac Certification for Secondary English)
In my spare time I review Young Adult literature, sing in a barbershop chorus, love to play word games, and work for the AP College Board.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Music, Critical Thinking, Literature, Problem Solving, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, For All Subjects, Informational Text