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I am originally from a small town in Ohio, and have lived in the south since 1989, originally moving to the Virginia Beach area. I have lived in North Carolina since 1996 both on the coast and now in the Raleigh area. I am married with six children and several grandchildren. I attended College of the Albemarle where I received my Associate of Arts Degree in 2003. I then went on to Fayetteville State University where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2006. I later went to North Carolina State University where I received my Master’s Degree in Secondary English in 2015. I am currently working on completing my National Board Certification (Fall of 2018).
My first teaching assignment was in 2007 at Lewis Chapel Middle School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where I taught sixth grade Language Arts. I liked teaching middle school, but I truly enjoy teaching on the secondary level. My English classes prepare students for the demands of two or four-year college degree programs and/or the workplace and provide an in depth study of culture in literature through the examination and analysis of short stories, articles, essays, speeches, biographies, autobiographies, drama, poetry, epic poetry, and novels from a vast array of cultures. My English classes serve as a gateway for post-secondary work that stresses the art of effective communication, both oral and written, and offers practice in three modes of discourse: informative/explanatory (expository), argumentative, and narrative.
I am an avid reader, love to be on or near the water, and spend time with my family. I have traveled the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States extensively and now have my sights set on Europe.