I have been a middle school educator since 2000. I currently teach language arts at a multi-track year-round public middle school in North Carolina. I earned National Board Certification in 2004 and earned NB Renewal in 2013-14. Named a Class of 2013 Kenan Fellow in NC State’s Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development, I was tasked with Creating a Virtual Library of Common Core Concepts for Site-Based Professional Development. DPI will use these materials in training educators throughout the state. They can be viewed here: http://center.ncsu.edu/common/downloads/Kenan/home.php
I believe learning should be hands-on and interactive. I enjoy utilizing technology on a regular basis in my classroom, and discuss many (free) tech tools on my blog: teachingspeaksvolumes.com
National Board Certification 2004; National Board Certification Renewal Completed 2013-14; Kenan Fellowship 2012-2013; Facilitated technology training sessions at NCCAT (North Carolina Center for Advancement of Teaching); Webinar with NCDPI on the changes to ELA instruction with Common Core.
Before beginning my journey as a educator in the classroom, I earned a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Teaching in 1999 and 2000, respectively, both from The University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.
My husband and I have two young boys and live in Raleigh, NC.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Specialty, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, EFL - ESL - ELD, ELA Test Prep, Other (ELA), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Short Stories, Asian Studies, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Products For TpT Sellers, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Close Reading