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Hello! If you have made your way to this page, chances are I'm teaching your child or will likely teach your child. I will try my best to give you an idea of who I am and how I operate my classroom, but please, if you ever have any questions or concerns, and would like to know more, don't hesitate to call me. I am in that generation who doesn't mind texting, emailing, or even having a real life conversation via phone or face to face. The means of communication you prefer or is most convenient for you is perfect for me. The important thing is that we communicate. During the short, amazing six years I've spent teaching, I've already seen the difference it makes in a student's education when parents and teachers work together.
 
I teach 10th, 11th, and 12th grade English Language Arts. While I have a passion for both reading and writing, I realize it's not every student's favorite subject, so I try my best to incorporate stories and lessons that will relate to students. At the end of the day though, it is just as important to me that I'm teaching students how to be a good citizen and a good human being in general, so I also try to "sneak" in some life lessons in both the reading and writing assignments. Two of my favorite assignments I give to seniors, for example, is an advice letter to freshmen and a thank you letter to a teacher of his or her choice. Both assignments connect with the reading, and both assignments allow them to practice and strengthen writing skills, which meet the academic requirements. However, through these assignments, I'm allowed a window to see students learning how to reflect, grow, and show gratitude. These are my favorite kind of lessons.
The story of how I became a teacher is still hard for me to believe. I graduated VSU with a Bachelor's in English/Journalism in 2007, with no aspirations of becoming a teacher. I was already working in the business world and starting the climb on the corporate ladder when I graduated, so it just made sense to keep climbing. After almost eight years at that job, I knew it wasn't my calling, and at almost 29 years old, I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up...a teacher. Through a series of miraculous events, the door was opened for me to become a teacher. I acquired my teaching certification in both English and Special Education, and was offered the amazing opportunity to work at Berrien High, which also happens to be my alma mater. I am so thankful for that first job, and I still use the things I learned from it daily; but working with young people is where I feel I belong. 
 
When I'm not at school, you'll find me with my number one passion in life, my family. Being a wife to Taylor, and mother to Greysen (11) and Annalee (7) is my favorite job (and yes, on most days, I do consider it a job, but the best job!). Children have a way of making life exciting while keeping you humble, and our children are no exception to that rule. My favorite activity to do with my family is traveling. To see the world is a gift in itself, but to see it with the people I love most is just icing on the cake!
 
That's me in a nutshell. Again, if you ever need to reach me for anything, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Tenth grade literature is a challenging course of research, writing, and world literature. These academic standards are important because they help ensure that all students are prepared for success in college and the workforce. In this class we will read fiction and non-fiction pieces in thematically connected units that include reading, writing, research, and presentations.

We will also practice techniques and vocabulary to help ensure success when taking standardized tests. Therefore, in accordance with state regulations, our course of study will be guided by the state’s curriculum standards for tenth grade literature. To see a copy of these objectives, you may go to the following website: http://www.georgiastandards.org

The major works we tackle during this course include Night by Elie Wiesel, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, and several other short stories and poems. In addition to reading literary style works, we also incorporate informational reading that is relevant, and therefore more engaging, to our world today. We also spend quite a bit of time strengthening our writing skills, producing both shorter constructed responses, as well as longer formal essays.  

We utilize technology in most of our lessons. For some assignments, students are allowed to access the work with their cell phones; however, this is never required. Each student has access to technology when needed. The places we travel the most via the internet are Google Classroom, USA Test Prep, and SIRS Issues Researcher by Proquest. 

American literature is a challenging course of research, writing, and literature that is most often taken during 11th grade. These academic standards are important because they help ensure that all students are prepared for success in college and the workforce. We will trace the development of American Literature from Early Native American Literature to more modern pieces of American Literature using the textbook and other anthologies. In American Literature we will read fiction and non-fiction pieces in thematically connected units that include reading, writing, research, and presentations. 

We will also practice techniques and vocabulary to help ensure success when taking standardized tests. American literature has an End-of-Course Assessment (Georgia Milestones) which will count as the student’s final exam grade on the Semester Report Card. Therefore, in accordance with state regulations, our course of study will be guided by the state’s curriculum standards for American literature. To see a copy of these objectives, you may go to the following website: http://www.georgiastandards.org.

Some of the major works we tackle during this course include The Crucible by Arthur Miller, foundational literature and documents, such as The Declaration of Independence, and several other short stories and poems. In addition to reading literary style works, we also incorporate informational reading that is relevant, and therefore more engaging, to our world today. We also spend quite a bit of time strengthening our writing skills, producing both shorter constructed responses, as well as longer formal essays.  

We utilize technology in most of our lessons. For some assignments, students are allowed to access the work with their cell phones; however, this is never required. Each student has access to technology when needed. The places we travel the most via the internet are Google Classroom, USA Test Prep, and SIRS Issues Researcher by Proquest.

English literature is a challenging course of research, writing, and literature. It is commonly referred to as Senior English, as it is generally taken senior year of high school. In an overview of English literature, we will trace the development of literature from the Anglo-Saxons to modern day writers using the textbook and other anthologies. We will also practice techniques and vocabulary to help ensure success when taking standardized tests. Additionally, students will be required to write a research paper. In accordance with state regulations, our course of study will be guided by the state’s curriculum standards for British literature. To see a copy of these objectives, you may go to the following website: http://www.georgiastandards.org 

The major works we tackle during this course include BeowulfThe Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and several other short stories and poems. In addition to reading literary style works, we also incorporate informational reading that is relevant, and therefore more engaging, to our world today. We also spend quite a bit of time strengthening our writing skills, producing both shorter constructed responses, as well as longer formal essays.  

We utilize technology in most of our lessons. For some assignments, students are allowed to access the work with their cell phones; however, this is never required. Each student has access to technology when needed. The places we travel the most via the internet are Google Classroom, USA Test Prep, and SIRS Issues Researcher by Proquest.