Bachelor's Degree in English Education, Kennesaw State University
Bachelor's Degree in English, Kennesaw State University
Certifications include: K-12 Special Education, K-12 Gifted, 4-8 Reading, and 6-12 English/Language Arts
Why have you become a teacher?
I have always enjoyed working with kids, and I figured teaching was a good way to continue doing so. I originally chose English as a content area due to my love of books and as a tribute to several great English teachers I had during my middle school and high school years. They encouraged me and fostered my love of reading and writing, and I ultimately wanted to do the same for others. What I discovered as I began my teaching career was that I also had a passion for helping students who struggle. I strive to find ways to help students make connections, and I love those light bulb moments that students get and the pride they feel when they’ve conquered difficult material. I also discovered that whether I was in a public school or a private Christian school, my ability to encourage students through difficult concepts, teach them patience and perseverance, and give them a safe place to make mistakes allowed me to reflect the love of Christ and positively impact my students.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
While I have a long list of places I would like to see someday, my heart’s desire is to take an RV road trip out West and explore that area of our country with my family. Places to stop on our adventure include, but certainly aren’t limited to: Sedona, Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, Red Wood Forrest, Yosemite, Mt. Rainer, Carlsbad Caverns, and (most importantly) The Grand Canyon. All of these places offer displays of God’s splendor and glory in uniquely creative designs. As an adult, I have very fond memories of the road trips my family took when I was growing up, and I’d like for my daughter to have similar experiences.