As a teacher, it is important for me to help students see the importance of education. When it is possible, I try to show how different subjects intertwine with each other, so I love to integrate projects with science or social studies. With such a small school, I try to have students build relationships/mentorships with younger students. In my eighth grade English classes, the students teach kindergartners reading and math skills. It's a great way for my students to break down what they do as readers and help the kindergartners create a love for learning. For my many writers, I have been taking several students to Portland State University for the Oregon Writer's Conference. It's a wonderful way for students to feel the freedom that writing can give them.
For the past ten years, I have taught English and Math at RCCS including seventh grade language arts, eighth grade language arts, English I, English II, Composition, AP English, Pre-Algebra, Transition math, and Algebra I. Prior to moving to Reedsport, I taught for five years in John Day, Oregon. I mainly taught English I, English IA and English II, but I also had the pleasure of teaching Global Studies, US History, Transitional math, Health, and an at-risk transition class for freshmen. My first teaching job was in Stanfield, Oregon, where I taught Comm I, Comm II, Health and Yearbook.
Out of the classroom, I have coordinated the W.F. Jewett Recitation Contest from 2005-2008 and co-advisored the junior high student council in 2009. In John Day, I was the high school student council advisor from 2001-2005.
In 1992, I graduated from high school in Baker City, Oregon. I received my Associate's of Arts degree from Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton in 1996. Then, I completed my Bachelor's of Arts degree in English with a minor in Education in 1998 at Eastern Oregon University. I continued my education and received my Master's of Science degree in Education with the emphasis in reading in 2007. I believe that keeping abreast of the changes in education help me prepare students more, so I'm continuing to go to classes and have completed 12 graduate courses since 2007.