It is my personal goal to help children to grow to their fullest academic potential. I have a strong and solid background in teaching reading, struggling learners, and gifted students. Some may find it strange that teaching struggling learners is similar to teaching gifted students. Both types of students have their own strengths and weaknesses. I not only love to learn, but I love teaching others to learn. It is my passion to help students grow to their fullest potential by emphasizing their strengths to help them overcome their weaknesses regardless of their academic level, low or high.
I have been teaching elementary school since 1995. At the time I graduated college, teaching jobs in Georgia were difficult to find. I was blessed with an opportunity to travel with a family around the United States for two years, so I moved to North Carolina and became a private teacher for two children.
After two years, I found a job teaching in a private Christian school that had just opened. While there, I taught first through fifth grade combined classes for three years. Since I had moved out of state for my first two teaching jobs, I moved back to Georgia and began my public education career.
I began my public teaching career in North Georgia by teaching Kindergarten and then moved to second grade in another county where I stayed for many years. When an opportunity presented itself to me to become a School Improvement Specialist, I accepted the challenge and enjoyed every minute training, teaching, and helping elementary teachers in all subject areas.
When I got married in 2007, we moved to South Georgia and I was hired as a Literacy Coach. After being away from teaching children for so long, I missed working directly with the students and decided to go back into the classroom as a second grade teacher. I then had the honor of being chosen to teach ELA advanced content gifted classes. The school system for which I taught created a full time Gifted Center (called G.E.A.R. which stands for Gifted Education with Academic Rigor) for third, fourth, and fifth grade gifted students.
In 2014, my husband was laid off from his job due to his company closing. Our family decided it was a good time to move back to North Georgia where we were blessed to relocate to a suburb of Atlanta. I spent the next two years teaching fourth grade ELA and Social Studies and the third year, at the same school, teaching 4th and 5th ELA.
In July 2018, I was hired to again teach gifted students at the same school where I began my public school teaching career. I am looking forward to many years serving the gifted community of learners.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (K-5) -Kennesaw State University
Master’s Degree in Early Childhood (K-5) – Kennesaw State University
Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction – Piedmont College
Trained in Orton Gillingham
Learning Specialist Certificate