7 / 8 English Language Arts
Watonga High School 2004
University of Oklahoma 2008
Bachelor of Arts - Journalism
Oklahoma State Department of Education Alternative Certification:
Oklahoma Writing Project: Certificate of Achievement in the Teaching of Writing “Teacher of Winning Writers” 2015 Oklahoma Writing Project: Certificate of Achievement in the Teaching of Writing “Teacher of Winning Writers” 2019
I've accumulated 1000+ professional development hours in my years of teaching.
I've been teaching middle school English Language Arts for eight years. This will be my sixth year at Weatherford Middle School – and my third classroom! Ha! 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.
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!