In 2010, I received an M.A. in humanities from the Florida State University, and I have taught humanities classes (which included art) at West Virginia State University and Mountain State University.
I have experience teaching reading and writing to elementary students ranging from grades K through 6. From 1988 to 1989, I was a certified subsitute teacher in Logan County, West Virginia, where I taught special needs students (both academically and behaviorally challenged) at Amherstdale Elementary and Stirrat Grade. As well as teaching reading and writing at various learning levels, I also taught math, science, health, and social studies, again at various learning levels. One of my students tested out of one of my special needs classes. In Albany, Georgia, I also taught drama to students ranging from grades K through 5 at five different schools from 1999 to 2001.
This course helps develop a student's ability to speak confidently and effectively in a variety of public-speaking situations. A student prepares and presents different types of speeches for various situations. Particular attention is paid to style, persuasion, competency, and credibility. I have taught Speech Fundamentals for seventeen years at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, West Virginia State University, and Mountain State University.
In 1988, I graduated with a B.F.A. in theatre, and from 1989 to 1992, I took theatre classes toward an M.F.A. in film at the California Institute of the Arts. From 1994 to 1996, I was a Speech/Theatre Instructor at Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College, where I also directed two plays per semester. From 1996 to 1998, I served as the Road Manager for the Theatre West Virginia Acting Company in Beckley, West Virginia, and from 1999 to 2001, I served as the Education Director at Theatre Albany in Albany Georgia, where I also directed children's plays. From 2001 to 2002, I was an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia, where I taught Theatre History, acting, and directing for the stage.