After twelve years of teaching in the brick-&-mortar classroom, I transitioned into online teaching for K12 International Academy. For seven years, I was an English teacher for grade levels fourth through eighth grade. The courses consisted of literature, vocabulary, spelling, composition, & grammar. As a homeroom teacher, I met with my students & their learning coach every-other-week in my online classroom via Blackboard Collaborate. I reviewed progress, goals, & worked one-on-one with students doing enrichment activities, games, &/or strengthening reading, writing, & math skills. I taught four, one hour virtual English classes weekly. My homeroom ranged from 40 to 70 students & I was responsible for creating their individualized learning plans, progress reports, report cards, & assisting with re-enrollment. I taught students from North & South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
My greatest strength is my ability to build relationships with children. I believe consistency is key in the world of education to create a loving and safe atmosphere for children. My talent for engaging children and developing interactive and challenging lessons, stem from my genuine love for reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. I have seventeen years’ experience teaching Vocabulary from Classical Roots. This approach teaches children the Greek and Latin roots to breakdown words, learn their origins, and then apply those strategies to learn hundreds and hundreds of words.
I credit my passion for teaching and my love for children for winning Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD District Elementary Teacher of the Year 2007.
While earning my minor in English at Texas Tech University, I developed a love for reading, writing, and grammar. I had the honor to work with a published author to hone in on my craft of writing. It was during my first year of teaching when I discovered writing and grammar could be beautifully embedded into literature. Education: Texas Tech University, BA Multidisciplinary Studies
My family time is spent in the Hill Country of Texas! My husband and I have two daughters who are enthusiastically involved in community theater and are always working on a production. They are either auditioning, rehearsing, or performing, and sometimes simultaneously. My oldest daughter Ella, 13, has played the violin since she was five. She is a member of the youth orchestra, and often plays during our church services when not performing or rehearsing with the orchestra. She loves playing on my grandmother's piano, which I painted bright blue. Speaking of painting, that is one of my favorite hobbies. I love to sew, garden, craft, and tinker. I am always making something. Sometimes my projects are a work of art, and sometimes they are just a learning experience of what not to do. My youngest daughter, Ava Lea, 9, sings for her church, is actively involved in theater just like her sister, is learning how to play the mandolin, and plays almost every sport. She gets that from her daddy. As a family, we love to be outside, whether it be the beach, the river, the pool, the park, or hiking up a mountain. Last year, my husband and I taught our girls how to snorkel. That will always be one of my most cherished memories. We love God and love basking in nature's beauty. Besides doing a job that I love, I home school my two daughters, teach Sunday School, and serve on the Hill Country Emmaus Board. Lastly, we are animal lovers, and have a Great Pyrenees named Jamie, who weighs about 130 pounds, Fifi, a mutt, who is the queen of our household despite her six pound frame, three cats who do not like each other, Johnny Cash, Onyx, and Gabby. We are all writers. My husband blogs about his fantasy football team, Ava Lea is my songwriter, Ella, an avid reader, writes short stories and novels about historical fiction and mythology (just not together), and I write just about anything. I have many unfinished writing projects, countless ideas written on sticky notes, and some published online blogs. My families volunteers at a children's ranch for abused and neglected children. It is one of our greatest passions.