Having been an English teacher at the middle, high school, and college levels for over twenty years, I am currently a presenter for the Bureau of Education and Research, where I have instructed over 20,000 teachers. I have spoken at state, national, and international conventions on best practices for both writing and reading. With my own company, MEL'S Pen, LLC, I am fortunate enough to be able to go into classrooms across the U.S,. sharing strategies with students and seeing immediate results.
Whatever aspect of ELA I am teaching, I believe in modeling for students in a workshop atmosphere, making difficult concepts more manageable by breaking the processes into stages, and assessing along the way so that students will have every chance to succeed.
BER Award for Outstanding Teaching and Contributions to Education Board of Trustees Teacher of the Year Publication in ASQ Higher Education Brief First Place in Southwest Writers' contest Lead story in Conch River Review
Western Michigan University, BA Michigan State University, MA
My students have won National Scholastic Writing Awards, University Interscholastic Competitions, and have been published in a variety of literary magazines including Merlyn's Pen and Stone Soup.