23 years of teaching experience. Classes taught: Argumentative and Persuasive Writing, Critical Reading and Writing, Creative Writing, Advanced Creative Writing, Writing Lab, British Literature, Senior English, Modern Multicultural Literature, Freshman English. Classes I designed for the district: Leadership in Action, The Art of Expression- Art Therapy
Teaching with empathy and creativity to engage at-risk learners.
Designed, implemented and maintained a school-within-a-school for an at-risk population of students at East Kentwood Freshman Campus. Created lesson plans, communicated with staff, arranged meetings and designed events for 35 urban teens in conjunction with a 5-person team of artists at West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology. (WMCAT) Literacy Coach and Learning Labs coach for Kentwood Public Schools
Major in English. Minor in Psychology. Masters in Education with an emphasis in Literature.
Publications: WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin / Grand Rapids, MI Michigan Public Radio interview based upon Kentwood Public School’s collaboration with West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology. National Council of Teachers of English- 90th Annual Conference / Milwaukee, WI Presenter: A Blueprint That Matters: One Design to Help Seniors Stay Energized and Involved. National Council of Teachers of English- 94th Annual Conference / Indianapolis, IN From the Outside In: Exploring the Natural World Through Writing and Literature. Presenter.