Grade(s): Middle School
I am a single mother of three wonderful girls. Teaching is my passion, and I have been doing so for ten years. I have taught eighth grade through college, with the subjects ranging from Advanced Composition, AP Language and Literature Composition, Creative Writing, and honors and traditional English and Language Arts classes. I am also a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army National Guard. Coaching junior high softball, eighth grade girls' basketball, and high school softball, along with my daughters, keeps me so busy!
I have an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in English, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Minor in Writing, a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English, Journalism, and Communications, grades 5-12, and am currently working towards a Master of Arts in English. I will then work towards my PhD in English.
Ummm, this task is a challenge for me because I am not used to writing my "bio." Problems abound: Do I start at the beginning (but where is the beginning?) Do is start now (but how does on define "now"--time? place? work?) Do is look at the epic formula and start in medias res (but what is the "middle" of my life, especially since I committed to my wife that I would live with her until age 94?) Let's just say that I am married, I have five daughters (aging from 29 to 17), I have my PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from UNC-Greensboro, I work as an academic dean and I am in the process of taking my first MOOC. I have been encouraging my faculty for 3-5 years to "flip their classes" with mixed results. However, once I have completed the various activities here, I will share this information with my 40 full time faculty to add another resources to the ones I have already shared with them.