I have 33 years of experience in secondary language arts, primarily at the high school level. I taught honors, regular education, and intervention classes. My area of greatest expertise in language arts is in teaching writing. In addition to writing instruction, I also developed lessons in literary analysis and vocabulary lessons based on Greek and Latin roots and affixes. After retiring in 2006, I became an independent consultant for language arts, specializing in training teachers in grades K-12 how to teach writing effectively. I have also worked with districts to improve their district writing assessment protocols, including developing rubrics.
My teaching style is multi-faceted, involving everything from direct instruction, through guided practice, cooperative learning groups, and independent work. I believe that it is my role to create lessons that address the multiple modalities and learning styles of my students.
Corona California Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence in Education; 2004 Corona-Norco District Teacher of the Year, 2005 Riverside County, California Teacher of the Year
Bachelor of Science Social Sciences, minor in Humanities 90+ units of additional study in education
I was a member of the U.S. Department of Education Teacher-to-Teacher Corps for three years. I am the co-author of Step Up to Writing Guide for Secondary Schools and the author of Note Taking Made Easy, published by Scholastic in March 2010. In July 2014, I moved from Southern California to a 40 acre horse farm in Kentucky. When I am not working with teachers, I delight in driving my horse, Sully, in the lovely bluegrass area.