I'm in my 3rd (and a half) year teaching 8th grade English at Scribner Middle School in New Albany, IN. Before that, I completed my student teaching at Baumholder Middle-High School in Germany, which was a Department of Defense school. I am also experienced in journalism, and this is my 2nd year teaching newspaper/yearbook as a an elective.
I really like discussion-based classrooms. I think students learn best when they are able to have an engaging conversation going rather than listening to me blabber on for 50 minutes. Some strategies I've used that have been successful are the Philosophical Chairs Debate and the Socratic Seminar.
Nominated for our school's Teacher of the Year award two times
High School: Floyd Central High School (2007) Bachelor's Degree: Ball State University (2011), secondary English education with an additional license in journalism Master's Degree: Ball State University (in progress), Curriculum and Technology
I'm married with two cats, who are essentially my children. I do part-time graphic design/marketing work and maintain my mom's business website.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Science, Social Studies - History, Career and Technical Education, Literature, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, Informational Text, Close Reading