Thursday, January 01, 2004

About Me

Before I started teaching in 2012, I was the Managing Editor of Longleaf Style magazine and Special Publications Editor at The Anniston Star. This job offered me a chance to fulfill my dream of being a journalist, but I felt something was missing from my life. I didn't even know something was missing until I became a teacher. 

I've been married to Mickey for 28 years and we have two sons, Solomon and Simeon.  


My philosophy of education reflects the idea of a life-long journey of learning. From the first breath to the last, education is a constant process. As John Dewey said, “Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; it is life itself.”

Individualized learning and individualized success is important to me. In order to understand how to teach a student, I feel that I must understand the whole student and his or her personal journey. Each student brings experiences from his or her home, culture, and social life to the classroom. So, when a student enters my classroom, I have no preconceived ideas about the student. I value only what I witness for myself and seek to help each student learn in his or her unique way. My desire is for every student to take responsibility for his/her learning and to be motivated to excel.


Learning, to me, is active. In Progressivism, the foundation of learning is not passive. I appreciate the Progressive belief that learners are seen as problem solvers and thinkers. To me, engagement in the process of learning is essential to success. An environment that embraces communication and fluid learning between the student, the community, family, and school is important.

Master of Science in Education, Secondary Education, ELA 
Expected graduation date: Fall 2017 
Jacksonville State University 
Jacksonville, AL 

Bachelor of Social Work 
Minor: Sociology 
Graduated: 1996 
Jacksonville State University 
Jacksonville, AL 

Career Technical Education Certificate 
Alabama Department of Education 
Valid: 7/1/2013 - 6/30/2018    
Specialty Area 3, Career and Technical (CS3)    
Grade Level: 6-12    
Technical Education (025)    
Technical Education: Advertising Design (T01)    
Technical Education: Graphic Arts (T18) 

Licensed Bachelor Social Work 
Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners 
Valid: 3/1/1997-3/31/2007 

Alabama Education Association (AEA) 
Alabama Association for Career & Technical Education (ALACTE) 
Association for Supervision & Curriculum (ASCD) 
National Education Association (NEA) 
Phi Delta Kappa 

Freedom's Choice 
CORE Academy, Jacksonville State University, 2015 
The Freedom Rides of 1961 and some Calhoun County residents clashed on May 14, 1961 when members of a local Klan Kavern burned the Greyhound bus in the Welborn community and beat Freedom Riders on the Trailways bus. This workshop focused on the local history of the Greyhound bus, the photos taken by Joe Postiglione for The Anniston Star, and ways to teach the topic in secondary schools. 

Cover It!  
CORE Academy, Jacksonville State University, 2015 
Workshop about communications, journalism and media in classroom projects. 

Augmented Reality in the Classroom 
CORE Academy, Jacksonville State University, 2014 
Augmented Reality (AR) is a merging of the physical and virtual reality worlds. Using an iPad, iPhone, or Android device, apps like Aurasma and Layar allow a printed page to link with digital content, like websites, videos, coupons, social media, photo galleries, 3D animations, and audio. The Anniston Star: 

Connect. Create. Change 
CORE Academy, Jacksonville State University, 2014. 
Integration of technology in the classroom. Using digital art and media projects to allow students to Connect to the topic, Create a project, and Change the way the student learns. Connect. Create. Change.