I have taught Language Arts for sixteen years, spanning a range from remedial students through high ability students from 7th grade to 12th grade AP/dual credit university courses and in three very different schools. I have experience working with inclusion and ELL students. Over the course of my career, I have had several student teachers and numerous preservice teachers in my classroom.
I am a constructivist who believes that my job is to make myself obsolete as a teacher. I encourage my students to become independent thinkers and collaborative problem solvers.
Over the years, I have been very blessed to have participated in educator programs sponsored by the Lilly Foundation, US Department of State, Korea Academy for Educators, National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, and Toyota International Teachers. I have been awarded several grants for classroom and school-wide projects, ranging from hundreds of dollars to $250,000. More recently, I have conducted professional development on writing workshop and differentiation practices in my own school, at conferences and events, and at schools in Peru and India.
In 2013, I completed my Indiana license in High Ability Education through Purdue University. I earned my Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Ball State University with the Dean’s Citation for Academic Excellence. My Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education is also from, Ball State University and includes Minors in Spanish, Secondary Education, and Ancient Studies.
As Co-Director for Professional Development, I facilitate support groups for writing teachers in the field and the creation of new best practice professional development opportunities. I also speak to groups about the work of IWP in supporting teachers of writing. My book reviewer on “North Korean Posters” was published in the curriculum journal "Teaching About Asia" in Spring 2012. The NWP monograph "Expanding the Scope of Comp Camp..." is scheduled to be published in 2013. I am incredibly excited about my first short story, "It's Not All," which is included in "Hoosier Hijinks and Madness" published by Sisters In Crime, Speed City Chapter in October 2013. In my spare time, I enjoy support from two groups of incredibly generous writers as I learn to write better fiction. During the summer and on breaks, I attend conferences for inspiration and devise new curriculum ideas. I also love to travel to exotic locations and spend time with my family. Follow my blog: http://secondclassroomontheleft.blogspot.com/