Phone: Phone (803) 442-6100
Degrees and Certifications:
AA in Pre-Drama, CCCC BA in English, UNC-Pembroke MA in Education, Minot State University AP Language and Composition
Behind the Scenes
I was one of those odd children that knew what I wanted to do since third grade. I blame my third grade teacher, Mrs. Gross, for teaching me multiplication tricks that helped me survive math class. Though I might have journeyed into other careers due to being a military spouse, education is my passion and students are my joy. My journey began in my home state of North Carolina (Go Heels!!). After graduating with my BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, I taught at Swansboro Middle School (6th-8th, Behaviorally and Emotionally Handicapped) and continued to Southwest High School (11th, American Literature/Honors, SAT Prep). After getting hitched to the Air Force, I continued my career in North Dakota. While surviving negative double digits, I taught grades 7-12, not only grade level language arts courses, but also Debate, Creative Writing, and Speech. I have advised three Junior Classes: one in North Carolina, one in North Dakota, and one in the Netherlands. I've also advised the Dance Team at Southwest High and the Debate Team at Magic City Campus of Minot High School. While in North Dakota, my two sons were born and I completed my Master's Degree in Education. Surrounded by boys, I followed my husband to Geilenkirchen, Germany and taught at the same school my boys attended in the Netherlands. At AFNorth International School, I taught 8th and 9th grade and created and advised the Creative Writing Club. For my fourth year at NAHS, I'm thrilled to teach English II CP through Aiken iNNOVATE.
I encourage parents to contact me when needed via phone or email. It often takes a village to get a student earning success and every student can earn success in my class. One of my goals as a teacher is to teach and enstill self-advocacy. Once a student gains this ability to recognize when they are not mastering a skill or concept and pairs it with the wisdom and courage to ask for help, they open doors to earning their success in every aspect of their life. Often we all have had that experience of not knowing how to do a task, where to go, or even what is expected from us. Advocating for ourselves means we speak up and ask questions. Students that practice self-advocacy are not satisfied with that feeling of being lost. I hope to encourage every student to owning their education and advocating for themselves. Class of 2022 - it is time to OWN what you do and EARN what you want!
Supply List for 2020 - 2021
One subject notebook for notes
Laptop/Desk top for Aiken iNNOVATE
Since we're virtual together with Aiken iNNOVATE, it's most important that you have a efficient and quiet place to work. Create a space that is comfortable and enables a work attitude. In a busy part of the house is not a good space. Materials are few because we're online but you'll still need to take notes from our materials and my mini-lesson videos. If you feel the need to print stories, you might want a binder or folder.