I graduated with honors from Huntsville High School in May of 1990. In August of that same year, I embarked on my journey at ATU & achieve my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. My other desire was to live and teach in this beautiful community of ours, that has done so much for me/others over so many years. I want to give back what has been given to me. I love my kindergarteners and am forever grateful to my local high school & my school counselor (Fern) who constantly went above and beyond in my behalf. understand all the paperwork/ terminology & help me get into & finish college:) I am forever grateful for my hometown and thankful they never gave up on me.:)
Degrees and Certifications:
- 1986-1990-Graduated with honors from Huntsville High School; received diploma
- 1990-1994- Graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a degree in Elementary Education (K-6) & a imidde school endorsemebtv in English ,received diploma
- 1991-1995- Lifeguard at Withrow Springs Stare Park. Two of those years spent teaching swimming lessons prior to pool opening.
- Tutored students with academics at different times during my college years.
- Babysat and took care of three kids after school for approximately 3-4 years. Responsible for helping with homework, light house cleaning, providing transportation as needed for tennis lessons.
Substitute taught from 190-1994 when possible (K-12)
- Model Schools Conferencd (June 2021)
- Reading 1st- Learning explicit teaching language to incorporate a comprehensive literacy model to ensure all students are on grade level.(2010-2015}
- Ruby Payne (2019) "emotional poverty"
- Debbie Diller-(2014) Attended 3 to 5 sessions where she was a guest speaker. She spoke about organizing classrooms and ensuring literacy and math instruction be the very best possible. She also helped those in attendance understand why kids do certain things and how to be more patient by being more organized.
- Donna Beagle- (2017) donna grew up in generational poverty and through her experiences, she shared with us what generational poverty is, situational poverty and how to approach children from these environments in a way so that they can learn most effectively to break the cycle.
- PLC- (2017) - PLC stands for professional learning communities. Our district took a team from each grade level and flew us to Charlotte North Carolina where we spent three days learning how to implement PLCs into our grade level. Solution tree supports PLCs and finds them to be effective as the research proves The effectiveness of PLC’s can enable teachers to come together in a safe environment to collaborate to make sure no kids falls behind.
- Common Formative Assessment- (2017). This two part professional development instructed myself and other teachers on the difference of assessments, as well as how to use assessments we give our kids to guide her instruction. This professional development was sponsored by solution tree as well.