I have taught 9-12 grade English Language Arts, Writing, Journalism (yearbook, newspaper, and literary journal) as well as tutoring at the college level. I spent several years as a writing coach at the school level. I am a certified CRISS (CReating Independence through Student-owned Strategies) and 6-Traits of Writing trainer, and I am Nationally Board Certified. As a leader in the district I provided training and curriculum design and implementation. I also served as a board member of the Florida Council of Teachers of English, an editor of The Florida English Journal, and a co-department chair overseeing 20+ teachers. In 2010 I founded The English Teacher's Friend, a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to assisting secondary English Teachers and their students with innovative programs and resources. Currently, I am working from home with several educational companies and enjoying the freelance writing life.
Teaching is learning so I lead by example. When I want my students reading and writing, I read and write with them. I believe our schools need more creative and relevant materials in the classroom.
2007 Florida English Teacher of the Year 2006 National Writing Project Teacher Consultant 2004 National Board Ceritifcation 2003 Melbourne High School Teacher of the Year 2002 Area I Award for Teaching Excellence
MA, University of Central Fl. 2003 BA, Rollins College 1999 AA, Brevard Community College, 1995
I have two daughters, ages 13 and 19. We love fastpitch softball, camping, reading, playing board games and cards, travelling and general silliness.
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