I have been teaching for 27 years. I served as an elementary teacher for nine years, and as a university adjunct instructor of writing for eight years. For the past 14 years I have been serving as a secondary English teacher. As part of the National Writing Project and the Virgin Islands Writing Project for the 13 years, I developed a passion for the teaching of writing and for teacher training. More recently, I have been engaging in part-time independent educational consulting where I share my classroom success with teachers.
When students take charge of their learning, they are better able to transfer the skills and concepts learned to other subject areas. With this in mind, I adapt a more meta cognitive style where students are constantly thinking about their thinking or their learning process. It is from this idea that my Writing to Respond approach evolved. Students read and they formulate questions that guide their written responses in reaction to what they read. This approach helps students cultivate a habit for reading and writing, and build writing confidence.
I received The Heath Humanities Award in 2010 for outstanding contributions to the humanities in the school district while teaching in the United States Virgin Islands.
Teacher Leadership, Doctor of Education: Walden University online (2013) Educational Leadership, Masters of Arts: The University of the Virgin Islands (2005) English and Secondary Education Bachelors of Arts :The University of the Virgin Islands (2002) Elementary Education Teaching Certificate: Dominica State College (1997)
Secondary School Teacher in Brevard County Florida. certified English 6-12; ESOL; Ed Leadership all levels. Presenter at ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence in (2016, 2015). Presenter working part-time with schools to develop a writing culture (2013-present) Author of two publications: Writing to Respond to Text and Tests (2015); Writing to Respond: Cultivating a Habit (2012, 2013) Designer of Writing to Respond Student and Educator wheels (2015) Presenter at Virgin Islands and Daytona Writing Projects seminars (2003-2014) Presenter at Caribbean Studies Association (2011). Married, one son