Started with TeacherReady:
November 1, 2011
B.S. History Education, Mars Hill University, 1999
M.A. Social Science Education, University of South Florida, 2000
Ed.D Instructional Leadership, Argosy University, 2010
Bio and Teacher Training:
I have been with TeacherReady since 2010. I have been a secondary social studies teacher for 18 years and an Assistant Principal for 3 at Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, FL. I have a B.S. in History Education, an M.Ed. in Social Science Education, and an Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership. Even though I am now in administration I still teach Vietnam War history and Florida history. I may be the only high school teacher in Florida still teaching Florida history! My passion is teaching, and I love staying connected with the students. It also helps me to be relevant with teachers at my school and also TeacherReady students. I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to work with you all and share some of my experiences. I have seen it all!
One of my biggest achievements was when I was selected as the Manatee County Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 2008. I would say that the biggest thing I have learned and what really helped me to become the teacher I am today was patience and showing my students that I cared about them. It is easier said than done but I will tell you that it is one of the most critical pieces of being an effective teacher. If your students know that you care about them then they will do anything for you!
I am also passionate and a practitioner of arts-integration, Multiple Intelligence Theory, and experiential learning methods. Through these philosophies and teaching methods, I have developed a unique Florida history program where students experience the real Florida through nature, local history projects, and arts-infused projects, such as documenting field experiences through art, theatre, and oral history projects. The field experiences include backpacking trips to Paynes Prairie, kayaking, horseback safaris, and local history projects with local colleges and the Cortez Fishing Village. I always strive to create meaningful learning experiences beyond the classroom. I am also fortunate to be at a school with a mission that supports the arts and encourages teachers to think outside of the classroom. This is what attracted me to this school 18 years ago, which by the way used to be an old bowling alley where I used to bowl. Today we are one of the largest charter schools in the state of Florida with over 2000 students.
I really appreciate the opportunity I have to serve you as your instructor in your journey to becoming a teacher, and it is my hope that you gain some valuable knowledge that you can use with your students. Being an educator is an awesome responsibility that we should never take for granted. Work hard and always strive to make a difference in the lives of your students!