Milligan College (English)
Eastern Illinois University (Master's)
Florida State University (PhD)
Since age 4-5, I have had a love of learning. I used to set my brother down and insist that he play school with me. As you may guess, he wasn't too fond of the idea, but being two years older than him, I had the advantage. By age 6, I had corralled three neighborhood girls to play with me which worked out much more successfully. Those experiences set me on a path to teaching as a career.
I organized, directed, and taught in the weekday kindergarten at our church that became accredited and still operates today. Later I taught at the junior high and high school levels for 15 years in Kansas, llinois, and Florida.
While teaching is my primary love, I also had a longing to spend more time in the library. After I became a librarian, I also taught social studies. As a college librarian, I taught research skills and my students did well when I switched them to electronic searching.
As one can see, my teaching experience has covered a broad age range. My belief in lifelong learning continues today and I attempt to learn something new every day.
My teaching style allows me to work with a student according to his/her personal characteristics, educational needs, and attitude toward learning.
My students always asked me how I could be so patient with them. My answer: "Because I love you and care about your future."
My experiences teaching in various places has prepared me to make learning interesting and fun. I do look forward to meeting and teaching new students - I hope you will be one of them.
Since age 4-5, I have had a love of learning. I used to set my brother down and insist that he play school with me. As you may guess, he wasn't too fond of the idea, but being two years older than him, I had the advantage. By age 6, I had corralled three neighborhood girls to play with me which worked out much more successfully. Those experiences
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My eight years teaching high school English grammar provided many opportunities to practice the use of phonics. During my years in elementary school, phonics was stressed. Today I feel that instruction is superior to the methods used in the past few decades.
While living in four different states: Tennessee, Florida, Kansas and Illinois, I held certification in my major areas - English, Business Education which included basic math, and social studies. For 20 years I taught middle and high school students. Later, after receiving my Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies, I served as librarian at the college. Also during that time, I served as a mentor for their adult degree-completion program. In 2000 I completed the Ph.D. degree, also in library studies, but with an emphasis on archival management. Thereafter, I developed and served the archives at Milligan College.