Since graduating from Loyola University of New Orleans, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of educational settings and with a diverse group of students. My first full-time teaching job was with the New Orleans Job Corps Center where I taught pre-GED reading. In 1993, my husband and I moved to Maine where my teaching positions ran the gamut from adult education instructor to ESOL aide. We moved yet again in 1995 to Gadsden, Alabama where I taught English and French I and II at a magnet school in an economically disadvantaged community.
In 1997, we made the move to Charlotte County, and I have been teaching at Lemon Bay High School ever since. Currently, I teach Advanced Placement Literature- a dream course for any English teacher in that we read, write about, and discuss literature in an atmosphere of collegial scholarship. I also have the privilege of teaching Freshman AICE English General Paper, a demanding course which will provide a foundation for future AICE and Advanced Placement courses. In addition, I teach the AP Seminar course, where students explore perspectives and research and develop solutions to investigations of their choice. On the extra-curricular front, I am the Creative Writing Club sponsor and assistant for the Shout Out at the Bay poetry slam. You will also find me tutoring after school in the media center.
I love being a student myself. I enjoyed it way back when, and I do now. I had the opportunity to I earn my MEd in Secondary English Education in 2005 through the two-summer program at The University of Southern Mississippi. Although I was apprehensive about my mature-student status, I was thrilled to be back in the university setting.
To be honest, and I know I am partial, I have the best job on campus. I have the honor of coaching students in three indispensable disciplines: reading, writing, and speaking. These are life-long skills which are applicable to any subject. About English, we never say, "That's it; I have mastered it." English transcends time and place; English never goes out of style.