I have been teaching middle school students for over six years. During this time, I have worked with students at all ability levels, but I have the most experience with high-achieving and gifted students.
I like to involve the students in authentic reading, writing, speaking, and listening experiences as often as possible. Discussion, therefore, plays a major role in my classroom. Students discuss texts in partners, with small groups, and even in large group or whole-class Socratic-style seminars. I've found that engaging students in authentic discussion that challenges them to look at texts in new ways promotes a love for reading and fosters engagement in the classroom.
I have earned my gifted in-field endorsement and have been named content-area chair at two of the three schools in which I have worked.
B.S.Ed. in English Education from the University of Georgia; MATC in Curriculum and Instruction (with a concentration in Literacy) from Michigan State University.
I was born and raised in Georgia, where I taught for five years. At the end of my fifth year in the classroom, my husband and I packed our bags and relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, where I have fallen in love with a new school, new colleagues, and a new group of students.