19 years public school system as an elementary school teacher. I also teach English 101 and 102 at a local community college. I have also published seven children's e-books. You can purchase these at synergebooks.com or ebookdestination.com. On my personal website I have uploaded lessons as SB and PPT: www.writingaboutnature.webs.com. My books are great for use with Common Core ELA/Writing Standards. Go to the document page for more details: www.writingaboutnature.webs.com/documents
I believe in student interaction with literature so I am embracing Common Core. Talking about what one reads creates better comprehension. Literature circles and whole group discussions are my ideal teaching arrangements. I also use a great deal of journal writing which allows me to informally assess student understanding. Writing Workshop using Six Traits is another style of teaching I use. Introducting a genre of writing through reading helps students model their writing after good authors and gives them an idea of what that genre looks, sounds, and makes you feel.
National Board Certification MC/Generalist; Walmart Teacher of the Year 2007; Gifted Endorsement/Fellow of 1994 Charleston Area Writing Project;
1977-79 Pfeiffer College Misenheimer, NC 1990-94 College of Charleston, Charleston, SC BS Elementary Education 2001-2005 The Citadel/College of Charleston Master in English 2011 Gifted and Talented Endorsement added to teaching credential.
I was born in Wilmington, NC on November 26, 1958. I was raised in southeastern North Carolina between Tabor City and Whiteville. After my marriage in 1979, my husband, Ricky and I moved to Charleston where we have lived ever since. We have one son, Ricky Jr., and two beautiful granddaughters.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Science, Environment, Social Studies - History, Native Americans, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Word Problems, Writing, Tools for Common Core