I have been teaching Biology and Physical Science in the South Carolina public high school classroom for the last 20 years, most of which were in Chester County. I have an Associate’s degree in science, a Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus in divergent learning. In 2005, I earned my National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adulthood in Biology and recently received my renewal certificate in 2015.
I have taken on various leadership roles within my school district such as becoming a Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement trained mentor, a SAFE-T trained evaluator for first year teachers and just recently, I became a certified South Carolina trained evaluator by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching. I am also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert for the second year as well as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer.
For the past two years I served my school as the Instructional Technology Coach helping teachers integrate technology effectively into their classrooms. This year, I have chosen to reenter the classroom so that I may have a more significant impact on students and how they are prepared for the future. The main focus of my small district is the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate. This focus includes World Class Knowledge, World Class Skills, and Life and Career Characteristics. In 2013, our district was selected to enter into a Microsoft Alliance Partnership and with that we now offer One-to-One technology for grades 3-12. I have always used technology in my classroom and I continuously seek innovative ways to use technology to teach my students and to prepare them for the global society they will enter into in the next four years.