Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University, BS in English Literature and History
Graduate Degree in Progress: Florida State University, Fast Track MS to Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction
Welcome, students and parents!
As an LHS alumni, I deeply care about this school. I pride myself on creating an atmosphere where students can feel safe and be free of judgement. I create a room where classroom discussions easily give rise to analytical and critical debates. I provide my students with a true education that goes beyond the parameters of any Curriculum Map, Standard, or assessment. Although it is up to the student to take control of their education and be accountable, it is up to me – and every true teacher – to provide them with a rich learning environment, no matter the consequences to ourselves. For me, teaching is not just about content, it is also about connecting with students and creating relationships that positively impact their lives. It is about creating conscientious citizens who develop a pride and love of community and country. For these reasons, and many more, I choose to teach.
The beauty of English Language Arts, is that we are able to blend canonical and modern texts with prevalent social issues, within the context of students’ lives. With boundless opportunities, the English classroom is a content applicable to all modes of life and content areas. I set high expectations for my students because I know what they are capable of if they work hard. I teach my students to defend their ideas without offending another’s. I teach them that who you are and how you are raised will shape your perception, paradigms, and truths, both verbally, and in writing; therefore, each truth is unique to the individual. We must all be mindful of this fact. Among the various practices in my classroom, students leave this class knowing how to effectively read, write, and present their work of academic merit on par with college classes. Constant feedback and critique of writing is something I work hard to provide for my students; knowing that these are the skills that will enable them to be successful in college.
“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson