7 / 8 English Language Arts
Watonga High School 2004
University of Oklahoma 2008
Bachelor of Arts - Journalism
Oklahoma State Department of Education Alternative Certification:
I've accumulated 800+ professional development hours in my seven+ years of teaching.
I've been teaching middle school English Language Arts for seven years. This will be my fifth year at Weatherford Middle School – and my third classroom as well! I have taught a combination of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English Language Arts/ 6th grade Reading during my time at WMS. This year, I am teaching 7th grade English Language Arts, as well as an 7th grade Honor’s Engish class.
I started my teaching career at Hydro-Eakly, where I taught a combination of 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade, and 9th grade English/Reading and high school Journalism. Before teaching, I used my degree in Journalism by working as a writer/reporter/correspondent at KFOR-TV. Before my time as a journalist, I worked as a graduate assistant at The University of Oklahoma’s media relations department where I had the opportunity to use my journalism degree once again in writing several athlete features for media programs.
My background in journalism has certainly helped prepare me for a career in teaching English Language Arts, but nothing could have prepared me for teaching middle school better than actually being in the classroom with students and having that hands-on experience. I believe that teaching is a true calling, and I am blessed to be living out, what I believe, is what God wanted me to use my talents for. I love working with kids, especially middle school students, every single day, and think that I work in the best school with the best people – now THAT makes coming to work every day fun and rewarding!
Ty and I were married in 2010 and have two beautiful boys – Tyton, who is seven and entering first grade and his last year at Burcham Elementary, and Tyger, who turned one last spring and entering day care for the first time this fall. They are the absolute light of our lives. Tyton keeps us busy with wrestling, soccer, flag football, and tee-ball, and Tyger loves to talk and keep us on our toes, as well.
When I'm not teaching, or planning, or grading... You can find me spending time with my boys, which often includes long days at wrestling tournaments, watching OU football (or any football for that matter!), spending time with our families, attending the First United Methodist Church on Sunday mornings, fishing, and weekly visits with my grandparents.