I have 21 years of experience teaching in the public school system, including all levels of high school English (from ICR 9th and 10th grade to AP English Language and Literature), theatre arts (technical theatre, as well as beginning and advanced-level drama courses), and journalism (12 years as yearbook adviser).
I love working collaboratively and hands-on when possible. I evaluate my students in the first few days of class and subsequently modify my teaching style and methods to meet their needs. It is important to me to make the material relevant through real-world applications and references. I enjoy incorporating technology into my assignments when possible. I refuse to allow students to settle for less than their best, and I will work tirelessly with them to find success in some measure and to build pride and confidence in their abilities.
I am most proud of my yearbook program: over the past decade, the staff has consistently earned Distinction and All-North Carolina recognition from NCSMA, as well as various awards for photography and design. Over the past few years, they have also earned Silver and Gold Level Certificates from NSPA and CSPA for their design work, and they have been featured in Jostens Look Book every year for various design elements. On a personal level, I had the honor of being selected as the 2014 WFHS Teacher of the Year.
I have a BA in English from UNC-Charlotte; in 2008, I earned my National Boards Certification. I also participated in the 2006 AP Central's national convention and worked on curriculum-based lesson plans for NCDPI.
I enjoy photography, design, and writing poetry and parodies of songs and short stories. I completed advanced classes in cake decorating, and in my spare time I enjoy creating cakes for various events and gatherings, from baby showers to parties to retirement dinners. I co-founded an alumni theatre program (The Forest Players), and in 2005 I was co-adviser on an original high school production performed as part of the AHSTF's Fringe Festival held in Edinburgh, Scotland. I still work on a regular basis as a consultant and adjudicator with our school's advanced theatre students in preparation for the annual NCTC K-12 play festival.