Minot State University
Minot, North Dakota
2005 Bachelor of Education
(Elementary with Middle School and Reading Endorsements)
Lake Region State College
Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota
2001 Associates of Liberal Arts
I am originally from Georgia but my family moved to Florida at the end of my freshman year and I graduated from high school there in 1983. In 1985, I joined the US Air Force where I met my husband. After I served my four years I decided not to reenlist so that we could start our family. My husband, Doug, retired from the US Air Force after 22 years. We have lived in Nevada, south Georgia, and North Dakota.
We have two grown children, Casey and Dylan. Casey, her husband, and Brenden (our oldest grandson) live in Anniston, Alabama. Dylan is in the Navy and is currently stationed in California. He lives there with his wife, Alisha, and our other grandson, Corbin.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with our family, reading, gardening, decorating, and traveling.
In 2005 I graduated from Minot State University, in Minot, North Dakota, with an Elementary Education Degree including a Reading Endorsement and a Middle Grades Certification. From August 2005 until May 2007 I worked as a paraprofessional at Nedrose Elementary School in Minot, North Dakota. After Nedrose, I worked at Dakota Memorial School on the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, in Minot. Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a residential treatment and education center for troubled children. While at the Ranch I worked as a paraprofessional, a long-term substitute, and an elementary teacher. I worked with students in all grade levels and all subjects. My elementary class was a mixed class that contained 3rd through 5th grade students.
In 2008, our family moved back to Georgia and I was lucky enough to begin working at Rockmart Middle School. I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grades and almost every subject. Currently, I am teaching my all-time favorite subject...Social Studies!
Homeroom: 7th grade
1st period: Planning
2nd period: Planning
3rd period: 7th grade Social Studies
4th period: 7th grade Social Studies
5th period: 7th grade Social Studies & Lunch
6th period: 7th grade Social Studies
7th period: 7th grade Social Studies
I believe that Social Studies is more than just a textbook, more than passing a test, or getting a good grade on a paper. It is an ever growing, ever evolving study of human life and the events that have built our society into what it is today. Social Studies is an integrated study of humanity including aspects such as economics, geography, history, and civics. Through these studies, students will gain knowledge and perspective about different institutions of culture and how it relates to their present lives. Ultimately, Social Studies allows students to learn skills of exploration, critical analysis, and problem solving which will lead them to be productive citizens who make better informed and reasoned decisions.
I believe it is important to have students learn how to think constructively for themselves. Students hold formative and tentative beliefs about the world they are living in. Social Studies allows students to looks at multiple sources of evidence such as articles, documents, diary entries, and other forms of media that will help them either reinforce those beliefs or encourage them to explore other perspectives. Essentially, students are encouraged to be open-minded, or at least tolerant to others’ ideas and assertions.
Students need to learn how to make rational and well thought-out decisions. Often, students sit in class unchallenged and unmotivated to participate. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the teacher to help facilitate an intellectual environment that will encourage students to use higher order thinking skills. Rather than telling students the answer, the teacher must guide them to the main goal or objective.
In my opinion, the purpose of teaching Social Studies is so we can understand our history to be able to make informed and educated decisions about our future and the overall good of society.
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