Degrees and Certifications:
Middle Grades Education - Language Arts & Social Studies: Appalachian State University
This is my fifth year teaching! All five of those years have luckily been spent at Gamewell Middle School, where I attended as a student. I have spent four years teaching eighth grade, with one year spent in seventh. All five of my years in education have been teaching English Language Arts. This will be my second year also incorporating Social Studies into my content.
Favorite Educational Quote and Why
“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” - Victor Hugo
My biggest goal as a teacher is to help students fall in love with reading. There is no such thing as someone who doesn't like to read; there are only people who don't like what they are reading. I want to help students ignite that spark. Once students have had a taste of something they enjoy to read, the flame will burn brighter and hotter. Creating lifelong readers is my main goal.
Why I Became An Educator
I honestly couldn't imagine my life not being an educator. Sometimes I take a step back and realize that I get to go to a job that I absolutely love every single day. I feel like that is something truly special. When I was a student, there were a select few teachers that made me feel like I was a real person. Specifically in middle school, I finally began to feel like I was important as an individual and not just another student in a room. I began to feel that way because my teachers showed that they cared about me, but not just in my academics, but in who I was as a person. That is what I strive to do every single day: prove to students that they are important and worthy, being exactly who they are.
Favorite Places in Caldwell County
My favorite spot in Caldwell County is The Shake-N-Dog in downtown Lenoir! I love being able to grab a yummy sandwich and sit outside and eat lunch! It is also always a nice way to end lunch with some tasty ice cream!
I enjoy spending time cuddled up with my two dogs while reading books!