I have taught in the public schools in grades 8, 9, and 12 and have worked as a substitute in grades 1-12, in both private and public schools. I have worked with all ages as a volunteer in Cub Scouts, American Heritage Girls, and as a Sunday School teacher. I have a deep seated love for all things social studies, particularly history, civics, and economics.
I believe that if you can engage the student, they will develop a love for social studies. I use a variety of teaching methods depending on the class and the students. I use school provided materials when required, but prefer to create my own materials to fit the needs of the classroom. I am experienced with traditional worksheets, as well as with alternative methods and assessments.
I was recently awarded a full scholarship to earn my doctorate as part of a military spouse scholarship program. I am a recipient of the Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher Award for volunteer civic service to the US Army. I am a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the Global honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.
B.A. in Political Science, Minors in History and Spanish (Arizona State, 1998). MPA (Arizona State, 2001). M.Ed. (Grand Canyon University, 2007). I also completed my teacher certification program at Grand Canyon University in 2002.
When I'm not writing and educating, I am a blogger, an aspiring photographer, a family advocate and a volunteer of many hats. I love to read, run, travel, serve God and spend time with my family and friends. I live in the Arizona desert with my husband and two children.