Greensboro College (History)
Southern New Hampshire University (Enrolled)
I come from a family of educators. I grew up visiting every museum, historical park, library, and cultural event that my parents could find. They taught me never to be afraid of asking questions. I remember taking my first guided tour of Biltmore House and being amazed at the knowledge the interpreter shared with the group. It was at that moment that I knew I wanted to share my love of history and theatre with anyone who wanted to listen. During my senior year of high school, I had my first opportunity to work with kids on a theatre production. I assisted them with stage blocking, line memorization, and costume choices. That experience inspired me to become a mentor with Communities in Schools during my college years. I then went on to work as a kindergarten teacher's assistant, a Museum Educator at Mordecai Historic Park, a high school History and Theatre Arts teacher, and a tutor with Academics Plus. I also had the opportunity to walk the halls of Biltmore House just as I had when I was 14 years old. However, this time around, I was the one sharing the history of Biltmore Estate and the Vanderbilt family.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Greensboro College in 2004. I completed an internship at Mordecai Historic Park where I had the opportunity to work with archives and assist in the preservation of the book collection. I also assisted with the development and implementation of educational programs for school age children. My area of interest was slave life on Wake County plantations and I had the opportunity to interview descendants of Mordecai slaves. I served as a volunteer at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum where I had the honor of working alongside WWII, Korea, and Vietnam veterans. My areas of interest were WWII and the European Theatre, which included Airborne operations such as Husky, Overlord, and Market-Garden. I completed extensive coursework in the Holocaust and Germany after WWI. Other courses included American Women's History, American Foreign Relations, Western Civilization, North Carolina History, American Christianity, Ancient Greece, Modern Political Thought, and United States History. I am currently working towards a Master of Arts in Public History from Southern New Hampshire University. I volunteer with The Heritage Foundation, Inc., which works to preserve, abandoned and neglected cemeteries.
I also completed 30 semester hours of Theatre Arts coursework, which allowed me to teach high school under a Provisional Lateral Entry License. This coursework included Acting I-III, Stage Craft and Design, Costume and Make-Up Lab, Stage Management, Voice for the Stage I, Acting IV: Shakespeare and Performance Lab, Theatre History, Play Production. I have performed in more than 40 productions since my first stage appearance at 11 years old. Some of these include The Wizard of Oz, Our Town, My Fair Lady, Playing For Time, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Two Gentleman of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew. I have performed at the North Carolina Theatre Conference as well as the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
My goal is to assist students with organizational and time management skills. I also want to keep them engaged through hands-on learning as well as lessons that promote critical thinking and discussion. Learning doesn't have to painful and doesn't always have to come from a book. I assigned my high school students the task of watching Forrest Gump and then they researched the events seen in the film such as the Vietnam War and the assassination of JFK. We had group discussions as well as writing assignments.
I will be available for tutoring sessions 2:00PM to 9:00PM, Monday through Friday from April 20th through May 13th. My tentative schedule after May 13th will be Monday through Friday, 5:00PM to 9:00PM and Saturday, 3:00PM to 7:00PM. I come from a family of educators. I grew up visiting every museum, historical park, library, and cultural event that my parents could find. They taught me never to be afraid of asking questions. I remember taking my first guided tour of Biltmore House and being amazed at the knowledge the interpreter shared with the group. It was at that moment
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