This is my 8th year of teaching Middle School. For most of those years, I have taught 6th Grade Science. I taught 5th Grade Science and Math one year, and 7th and 8th Grade English Language Arts another year. Currently, I am teaching Science to 6th and 7th Grade students, some classes in a Gifted and Talented magnet program and some regular education classes.
Students in my classroom learn through inquiry, problem-solving, and hands-on experiments and activities. I believe in getting students to take ownership of their own learning through engaging and challenging tasks and problems. I see my role as a facilitator and director in class and most of my work is done "behind the scenes" in planning. I am also a proponent of interactive notebooking in Science classes.
A million years ago when I was an undergraduate, I graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a Phi Beta Kappa inductee. During my time teaching in Tennessee, I was ranked as a "Level 5" teacher according to the Tennessee educator evaluation system. I have published research with my professors in a well-known scholarly journal, as well as in University of Kentucky publications on the topic of ADHD and media use among children. I have published creative writing in an Auburn University publication.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in English, both from the University of Kentucky. My Master of Arts in Teaching is from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. I am currently working on a second Masters in Gifted and Talented Education through Eastern Kentucky University. I earned approximately 50 hours of education and experience in a child clinical psychology PhD program before leaving it in favor of becoming an educator.
When I am not planning lessons or teaching, I enjoy spending time with my two spoiled dogs. I also love being with my sweet family and friends (especially my niece and nephew). Reading, running, yoga, sewing, knitting, and writing are my favorite hobbies.