I’ve been in education since 2009, when I started teaching developmental reading. I’ve taught English Language Arts in each of grades 6-12 in some capacity, usually via a workshop model. I have experience with every ability level from remedial readers and writers up to college-bound honors students. I believe each and every child deserves an enthusiastic and encouraging teacher with them daily. I believe it’s my job to hold all students to high standards, but also to meet them where they are socially and academically. Every child has different needs and a unique story that needs to be acknowledged, writing is an important tool for teaching kids how to access that part of themselves and eventually, to share it. I take great pride in every student I call my own, and hope to give each of them the confidence to enter the world and the skills to work to improve it.
I have a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Missouri State University in Springfield. My master’s thesis focused on how student selected independent reading impacted their self-reported enjoyment of school. Currently, I am finishing an interdisciplinary PhD in Educational Leadership, Policy, & Foundations at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. My recently accepted dissertation proposal is titled, “A Narrative Inquiry on the Conceptualization & Cultivation of Relational Trust Between Secondary Teachers and Administrators”.
Aside from teaching full time in the Lee’s Summit School District, I work as a teacher consultant for the Greater Kansas City Writing Project based at the University of Central Missouri.
Views and opinions presented here are my own.