For the past decade, I've taught English at Freedom High School in South Riding, VA, and I've served as dept. chair for the past three. Courses include English 9A Reading Seminar (co-taught with our school's reading specialist), Creative Writing, English 11 Honors & Academic, and AP Literature. Before that, I taught writing and literature at the University of Maryland during my M.A. and Ph.D. work.
As an overachiever, I began my career working mostly with students like myself in upper-level courses to whom I could easily relate. But I knew from the beginning that our struggling students need strong teachers the most, and I last year I began co-teaching the 9th grade Reading Seminar with our school's reading specialist. By focusing on curriculum materials that promote reading comprehension skills the most, we were able to advance our students an average of three grade levels in reading, according to IReady testing.
Teacher Honoree at the Loudoun County Excellence in Education Banquet in 7 of the 10 years teaching advanced students. Nonfiction book, Little Zion: A Church Baptized by Fire, published in 2006 by The University of North Carolina Press.
Ph.D. and M.A. in English from University of Maryland. B.A. in Journalism from University of Maryland. Completed freshman and sophomore coursework in Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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