Once I arrived and calmed down, I slowly began to look forward to coming to school and realized I truly loved everything that took place within its walls.
Since age five, my passion for education and helping others has continued to grow and has served as the common thread throughout all of my personal and professional choices. While in elementary school, I taught the neighborhood four-year-old in my backyard shed. As a high-school student, I taught a pre-school class at my church as well as roller-skating lessons at the local rink. As a college undergraduate, I taught ballroom and country and western dance lessons to adults while I majored in English and minored in journalism and secondary education.
While a beginning middle-school journalism and practical writing teacher, I worked toward my M.Ed. in English education while simultaneously teaching undergraduate English courses at Sam Houston State University while working with victims of domestic violence at a women’s and children’s shelter. Over the next decade, I taught high-school on-level, honors, Advanced Placement, service learning, and dual credit English courses; organized several educational student trips to western Europe, Central America, and northern Africa; and taught Composition and Rhetoric I and II at Lone Star College. Additionally, I obtained my principal certificate and Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction focusing on gifted education. After moving from Texas to Michigan, I served as the director of programs and student admissions at the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.
Each of these experiences has helped me become a better and more knowledgeable educator. Now, my passion has expanded to helping current and future teachers–realistically blending theory with practice and encouraging them to keep individual students’ needs and interests in the forefront. My love of reading and writing also remains strong, and I continue to coach individuals through the writing process.
Currently I work part-time in the test development field as a psychometric facilitator, and I serve as an executive board member for the Michigan Association for Gifted Children. My current research involves Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate instructors’ attitudes toward gifted education and their differentiated practices for their gifted students. I live in West Bloomfield, Michigan, with my daughter and husband.
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