I am dedicated to the teaching profession. I returned to school at 35, motivated by my own experience raising a child with mild autism to make a difference. At 40 I received my Bachelors in science teaching from Clemson University with honors. While at Clemson I also received the Best in Class Science Teaching Award 2004 and the Clemson University, Department of Education Service Award.
Clemson University requires that all education students take a course on technology use in education. I am also a member of the Virginia Society of Technology in Education, which allows me to keep up with new developments. This gives me a strong working knowledge of computer hardware and software and data management systems.
I received my Masters Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I studied curriculum design under Dr. David Brooks. The focus of my studies was brain-based research into designing curriculum that alleviates cognitive dissonance and encourages mastery learning.
I worked at Booker T Washington High School for four years. While there I served a diverse population. I also served as a home bound teacher, which provides outreach to students too sick to come to school. Working with such a diverse population required effective interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
I had several accomplishments my last year at Booker T Washington high school. I redesigned the way that Environmental Science was taught at Booker T. Washington HS based on the principles of Cognitive Learning Theory, and our student’s interim scores have never been higher. I was awarded the AFCEA Hampton Roads 2009 Science Teaching Tools Awards for contributions to STEM education, and received a school bell award from Norfolk Public Schools. I also conducted a training session at the fall 2009 VSTE conference “Environmental Science Web Quests: Keeping Current in a Fast Paced World,” and was nominated to the VSTE board of directors.
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