I've spent the past five years teaching gifted 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at our local public school in South Louisiana. Our 6th graders learn World History (Prehistoric Era to Renaissance), our 7th graders learn American History (American Revolution to the Civil War), and our 8th graders learn Louisiana History.
I love history because I had amazing history teachers that I try to mimic. History is not about memorizing dates. History is an epic adventure full of violence, romance, betrayals, discoveries... My students take a lot of notes, but they also do a lot of creative projects including creative writing, creating Minecraft civilizations, exploring the park across the street to create a Lewis and Clark style journal, and writing a newspaper fit for the Olympian gods. We debate, explore, analyze, evaluate, and act as archaeologists and historians rather than middle school students.
2012 Teacher of the Year Nominee 2015 Teacher of the Year Nominee
Gifted program 2nd grade - 8th grade, Studied History at UT-Austin, Bachelor's of General Studies from ULL, Alternative Teaching Certification from ULL, currently working on a Master's degree from ULM
I have a 4 year old, a 2 1/2 year old, an 8 month old, and a patient and understanding husband who often takes over household duties when the grading, lesson planning, curriculum mapping calls!