I am an award winning teacher that has been teaching for over 20 years and has experience in the elementary grades through high school. I am currently in the elementary classroom in a National Blue Ribbon School, and I also freelance as an educational consultant and as a mentor teacher for a large university. I am certified to teach elementary grades 1st - 8th, as well as Secondary English 9th -12th. I also have a gifted education endorsement and serve on several national gifted committees and organizations. Additionally, I work as a consultant for various education networks.
I am a very hands-on teacher, and I love to motivate students through fun activities, interactions, and technology. I am very aware of different learning styles and work to try to incorporate that into my lessons. I am a very out of the box thinker, with the need to analyze everything that I do in order to make it more successful! Thus, I create successful lessons that not only inspire and motivate kids, but they also teach strong skills across the board. I specialize in integrating different subjects into lessons so that students can make those vital connections necessary for those concepts to stick!
Tennessee Gifted Teacher of the Year Tennessee Teacher of the Year Finalist (winner of school, district, regional, division, grand division, and overall finalist) Tennessee Outstanding Young Educator Tennessee Gifted Teacher of the Year (Horizon Award for new Gifted Ed teachers) Scholastic Educational Consultant Tennessee ETales Winner - Teacher Division Presenter at numerous state and national level conferences in topics ranging from technology use in the classroom to gifted education in the classroom. My students have won numerous state and national awards in creative writing, design, and technology in a variety of genres and formats.
2015 - Ed. D. in Educational Leadership 1998 - M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction 1992 - B.S. in English with Minors in Secondary Education and Speech & Theater Extensive additional training in autism, gifted education, curriculum design, and STEM subjects for both the elementary and high school levels.
I have a doctorate in educational leadership, and enjoy working as a teacher, mentor, and consultant for schools across the country. I also enjoy presenting at conferences across the country.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Social Studies - History, Health, Other (Specialty), Other (Social Studies - History), Classroom Management, Writing, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text