About

TEACHING EXPERIENCE 

I have nineteen years of teaching experience. I'm certified in ELA 9-12 and Social Studies 9-12. I’ve taught in an inner-city traditional high school, an early college high school, and a STEM school with an energy and sustainability theme. I’ve also taught over 200 grammar, writing, and literature courses for local community colleges and online universities. 

MY TEACHING STYLE 

I am an extremely structured teacher. I focus on having students "do" in class, using brain-based strategies to engage visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. My lessons incorporate scaffolding, collaboration, technology, and metacognition. I also rely heavily upon game-based learning, and some of my classes are completely gamified. Students say my class is FUN and that the time just flies by! 

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT 

2016-2017 4C's Grant Recipient; National Board Teacher Certification renewal, 2014; Wayne Early/Middle College High School Teacher of the Year, 2007; North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship, 1995 

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY 

East Carolina University: MAEd & BS degrees in English Education. 

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My husband is an Air Force veteran who retired after over 23 years of service; he served in both Gulf Wars as well as the War in Afghanistan. My store is named after our English bulldog, Sammy. He's seven and still as cute as he was when he was a puppy!