I am a self-professed news junkie, techie, and SciFi Geek. I am happily married and have started to share my love for Star Wars with my daughters. During the work week, I truly enjoy teaching and being actively involved with KEA, EKU Writing Project, and KySTE Technology Initiatives. In recent years, I have shifted my focus to Digital Citizenship and Global Competency Initiatives.
As a teacher, I view every student as the opportunity to better the school and the community. By taking this view I am able to look positively at the long-term aspects of daily activities. The entire school year should be treated as a cycle of assessments and development that builds students’ abilities and integrate opportunities for soft skills alongside academic rigor. Many of my classroom activities promote higher-order thinking and analysis skills. With the integration of technology and multi-genre writing projects, students are able to assimilate different types of communication and reasoning. Collaboration is also important to this process because it brings different perspectives into the activities. Integration of projects throughout several disciplinary classes allows students to see concepts in a new light. During my time teaching, I have been able to develop these ideas and activities in roles both in and out of the classroom.
Volunteering my time as a teacher leader has taught me the importance of mentoring others, developing key policy changes, and vision while adhering to the responsibilities of leadership inside the classroom and out in the community. I believe in a philosophy of building mutual support amongst teachers, students and stakeholders while focusing on communicating goals and expectations as a true measure of success. By using student data with the correct balance of external investment and internally developed resources, school leaders can address needs through the areas of staff development, student directed growth and sustainable success practices. My research work, professional development sessions, and conference presentations have concentrated on the effects and best practices of social media in the academic community and student life, the diverse means of communicating in a mobile-centric education landscape, and integration of MakerSpace resources in a decentralized school.
Currently, I am a member of the faculty at The Learning Center and have taught at Model Laboratory High School, George Rogers Clark HS, and East Mountain Charter HS. I have experience in teaching Freshman Civics, World History, US History, World Literature, Journalism and Digital Media. I have also worked as the Writing and FPS Coach for the HS Academic Team and faculty sponsor for various Class Government activities including Graduation/Senior Class Coordinator and Yearbook sponsor.
Eastern Kentucky University, College of Education, M.A. Ed in Instructional Leadership (2011)
Marshall University, College of Education, B. A. in Secondary Education (2002)
Richland Northeast High School, Diploma (1997)
I Support these Foundations
- Malaria No More: Works on Malaria prevention programs and researching a permanent cure
- LibreOffice: A free alternative to the MS Office suite and it works great.
- Ubuntu and Linux Foundation: Both groups promote and develop open internet protocols and operating software.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation: Works to provide an open voice on the internet.