I am in my 31st year of teaching in the same district where I began my career. I currently teach 8th grade social studies to regular and pre-AP students. I have also taught inclusion social studies. I serve as the chair for the social studies department and am a member of my school's leadership team. Additionally, I am employed in the district's after school tutoring program as a small group instructor working with students using instruction through iPads. I have, in the past been the facilitator of the after school program for my building where I was responsible for overseeing the the implementation of student placement, communication with parents, scheduling of bus transportation, and maintaining the payroll for the teaching staff.
I am not a traditional "book" teacher; but rather prefer coming up with my own resources to facilitate teaching the state frameworks. I seek to engage students by presentation of differentiated materials/activities that incorporate the use of media, technology, and project-based activities whenever possible. Making the material as high-interest as possible is my goal!
I earned my National Board Certification in 2009. I have been nominated for my school district's Teacher of the Year 2 different times. I have served as a state mentor for novice teachers over the past 16 years. I was a state finalist for Arkansas Mentor of the Year.
I attended Arkansas Tech University where I received my degree and certification in Elementary Education K-6 with Middle School Social Studies. I earned my National Board Certification in 2009. I have been trained in every professional development known to teaching over the past 28 years!
I am a single mother of 2 grown children (and 2 wonderful dog babies).
English Language Arts, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Civics, Government, U.S. History, World History, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Economics , Instructional Technology, Informational Text, Close Reading