As I look back into my childhood, I see that God was revealing one of my ministries from an early age. My first and second grade teacher would reserve the last few minutes of class each day so that I could share stories with my classmates, my first jobs were babysitting, my favorite books were (all books about teachers) Little Men, Anne of Green Gables, and Christy, my first volunteer opportunities were Sunday School Teaching and Camp Counseling, and I had a voracious appetite for learning. Yet it still took me some time to decide I should be a teacher. I knew I wanted to work with people, I was interested in learning about everything, and I wanted to make sure I left college with a concrete job path.
I was hired to tutor several Spanish speakers at Pope Elementary and really enjoyed working in the classroom environment. During the summers I worked full time with the YMCA and developed the educational programs for the camp for two summers. It was such a joy to encourage students/campers to find learning an adventure. I also began to think about how my own educational journey was very different from most of the students I taught. At different times in my life I have participated in homeschool, private, and public schools. I learned from all these environments, but homeschooling remains the most influential of my educational experiences. During my homeschool years, I learned both the process of learning and the joy. I learned that learning is a difficult and fulfilling adventure that can be both arduous and full of discovery. That is why I call my classroom an "Edventure."
After graduating from Union in 2005 with B.A. in Elementary Education (K-8), I taught for 5 1/2 school years at Haywood Junior High. During this time, I developed a passion for working with middle school students. In 2010 I received the Teacher of the Year Award for Haywood Junior High. While I loved teaching my heart was drawn towards home and after the birth of my second son we were able to make that dream a reality. Since that time I have loved teaching my four boys.
In the 2015-2016 school year I began teaching a few junior high students that were going to transition back into the public school classroom. I supervised all subject areas for these 8th graders and provided part time classes, full time school work, and educational opportunities. In 2017 I began offering middle school classes for Jackson homeschoolers and am thankful to be a part of this vibrant community of educators, students, and families.
Teaching and helping you provide an excellent education for your student is my passion. My desire is to help equip you and your student with the academic skills necessary for later courses of study, while encouraging your students to use their passions and strengths.
I believe that the person doing the most work is the person learning the most. Therefore your student will be required to think, work hard, and complete a variety of tasks. Students will be expected to complete assignments when due and my hope is that they will use this accountability to grow in time management and responsibility. I also believe that school work helps grow diligence, perseverance, and obedience. These are character traits that must be developed in order for students to have long term success. Because middle school students are still growing in these areas, most students will need you to provide daily accountability by checking work to see if assignments are being completed.
At the same time, middle school students are not adults. Their learning should be fun and creative. I am a firm believer that "just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down." I design my classes with the middle school attention span in mind and mindfully add activities that are both beneficial and fun. Every child has strengths and weaknesses, I feel like my job as a teacher is to create opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate their strengths while shoring up their weaknesses.
Thank you for considering me to work with your greatest treasure! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.