My philosophy of teaching is to engage students to the level where they make connections between themselves, education, and the world of work. I want every student to know that they are capable of achieving their dreams and I want to help students reach their potential. I believe teaching employablity skills is highly important and I will provide the students with many opportunities to learn about work ethics, employability skills, and current events in the work world so that they may be better able to make wise decisions and plan for their future.
My goal is to help the students answer the following 3 important questions:
Who am I? (Self Knowledge)
Where am I going? (Educational and Career Exploration)
How am I going to get there? (Planning/Management)
Computers are integrated into the Career Development curriculum on a daily basis in order to develop the technology skills necessary for employment in today's world. I am also responsible for making sure that every student in our school meets the requirements of the Bridge Act. Every student will have a portfolio in GaFutures.org will use GaFutures to take assessments and research Jobs/Careers and Post Secondary Options.
I am a 1989 graduate of Rockmart High School and 1993 graduate of Shorter College with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Math Education. I taught math at RHS for 22 years, serving as the Math Department Chairperson, Response to Intervention (RTI) Coordinator, and served on the Leadership Team, helping to implement and organize the latest research-based programs for education. In 2003, I obtained a Master's degree in Technology Integration and for the past two years worked as a Mobile Minds Specialist at Eastside Elementary and Rockmart High. As a MMS, I assisted teachers in specific content areas to help create innovative lessons as they transform the delivery of instruction with engaging technology lessons to foster the 21st century classroom learner. This year is my 25th year in teaching, but my first year as a middle school teacher and first year to teach something other than math!