I grew up in Augusta, Georgia and worked at the Masters Golf Tournament during high school! Following high school, I attended The University of Georgia and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Journalism. Several years later, I received my middle grades teaching certification in English Language Arts and Social Science from Armstrong State University in Savannah. I am gifted certified and currently serve as the English Language Arts Department Chair for Druid Hills Middle School. I have taught 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade English and English Language Arts in private, public, magnet, and charter schools throughout Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. I recently served as an English SME (subject matter expert) on a Florida Department of Education panel to revise the Florida Teacher Certification Exam in Middle Grades English. In addition, I served as an interim test bank writer for Florida Middle Grades English formative and summative assessments.
My husband Brian is with Georgia Power and manages the bulk power grid for the state. Our older son, Tyler, is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a major in Biomedical Engineering. He is married to Erinn, who is also a Georgia Tech graduate with a degree in Industrial Engineering. They currently live in Heidelberg, Germany, as Tyler completes the final year of a three-year management training program with Abbvie. Our younger son, Connor, attended Auburn University and is currently living near Charleston, S.C. Our "youngest" child is our Great Dane/Labrador Retriever Riley, who is spoiled beyond belief!
I enjoy the diversity of Druid Hills Middle School, the daily adventures with 8th graders, and working with teenagers to foster a love of reading and writing!