I am a 28-year veteran educator. I recently retired from the classroom and stayed retired for 60 days when I was asked to be a junior high literacy coach for Moore Public Schools. I have taught English to grades seven through eleven, college-level Composition I and II, Survival Reading for College, eighth grade and high school U.S. History, honors Oklahoma History and adult basic education/GED preparation. I have been a College Board Pre-AP consultant since 2003 and have presented at several summer institutes and one- and two-day conferences.
I LOVE working with teachers, helping them reach their full potential and providing resources and collaborating on units across the curriculum. I believe learning should be fun! I rarely use textbooks and love challenging my students and myself. My main goal as a teacher is to be a Facilitator of Learning. I believe that too often, in their misguided efforts at reform, people who are not teachers use the science of education (test data) to destroy the art of teaching and the love of learning. We should be celebrating and nurturing our students' natural gifts of curiosity and expression, not filling-in irrelevant blanks in a grammar book.
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I hold a B.S. in Education (language arts and social studies) and a Master’s in Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma.
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, ELA Test Prep, Other (Social Studies - History), Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Study Skills, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, Informational Text, Close Reading