My professional history is available on Linkedin.
How/Why did you decide to teach?
I entered college at UK with an undecided major. I did not know what I wanted to do, but of course, I knew I would never be a teacher! (Never say never, kids!) By my Sophomore year, there were two things in my daily life that I felt very passionate about: my literature classes and my volunteer work with high school students. I tried to ignore these obvious clues, and remained a hold-out in the “undeclared” department. For Valentine’s Day, our sweet Residential Advisor slipped little cartoon valentines into all of our mailboxes. Mine was the “teacher” valentine. I am sure that she selected those valentines at random, but I think I went down to my Academic Advisor to change my major later that week. I went on to complete my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Secondary English Education at the University of Kentucky. I stayed in Lexington to teach for one year, and then life’s circumstances — the kind with a white dress and church bells — led me to move back to the Northern Kentucky area (another thing that I said I would never do). Here I am! Research shows that most new teachers don’t make it through the first 3 to 5 years, but I love what I do more every day — well, almost every day!
What do you do at Scott?
I currently teach Read 180, English II, English IV, and Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition. I am also our Dance Team Co-Coach, our Writing Cluster Leader, and a Cappies Mentor.
How do you decide what to teach?
I just make it up, really.
Just kidding! For all classes, I use the Common Core Standards, based on the appropriate grade level, of course. For my Advanced Placement Literature class, I draw directly from the AP English Lit. & Comp. Course Description, created by the College Board.
What do you like to read?
You can see what I’m reading, what I like, and what I don’t like on Goodreads!
You seem like a pretty big nerd. Do you do, like, anything else?
When I am not teaching, coaching, lesson-planning, or grading, I love to read, run, take pictures, cook, bake, work on my little house with my husband, and travel.