“Success is liking yourself; liking what you do and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou
Originally from Tennessee, I’ve had the opportunity to work with middle, high school, and college students in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and soon, Texas. After taking a year off from teaching while my husband is overseas, I am eager to return to the classroom in our new state.
I’m seriously passionate (yes, even “nerdy”) about books. There’s just something about the smell of those pages and the feel of holding an entirely new world in the palm of my hand that makes my day. But it hasn’t always been this way. As a third and fourth grader, I was almost unable to read. I attended resource reading classes but nothing seemed to help until a very observant and dedicated classroom teacher noticed I had trouble decoding words and worked with me after school on phonics.
By the end of fourth grade, I was reading at grade level. That summer, I fell in love with books. I spent most of my time at the public library devouring the Sweet Valley Twins and The Babysitters Club book series. By the end of fifth grade, I was reading at a high school level, and even attended the district’s “Reading Banquet” for having the greatest reading level gains in my grade.
Although I didn’t fully understand it then, that’s when I learned that the right teacher, with the right knowledge, at the right time, can make all the difference.
I hope to be that teacher for my students. Using the content knowledge I’ve gained by earning B.A. and M.A. degrees in English, paired with effective teaching practices, I meet students where they are, give them the tools and encouragement to get to where they need to be, and expect them to get there.
When I’m not teaching, I’m writing. My recent work has appeared in ADDitude magazine and NextGen MilSpouse. To see how my own life experiences have made me more aware of student needs in the classroom, see my article “My Son Made Me A Better Teacher” in ADDitude magazine.