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  • University of Alabama - A.B.D./Ph.D.
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham - Ed.S.
  • Samford University - Beeson Fellow/National Writing Project
  • University of North Alabama - M.A.Ed.
  • University of North Alabama - B.A.


  • 2012 - Present    Spain Park High School
  • 2007-2012         Karo's Studio to Go
  • 2005-2009         Oakmont Pre-School and Kindergarten
  • 2000-2003         The University of Alabama
  • 1996-1999         Minor Junior High School 
  • 1995-1996         Homewood Middle School
  • 1994-1995         Minor Junior High School
  • 1992-1994         University of Alabama at Birmingham


I began my career in education at UAB as a counselor twenty-five years ago and have been teaching ever since.  In addition to English, subjects I have taught include music, art, French, and creative writing.  At the college level, I have taught English 101 and, while pursuing my Ph.D. at the University of Alabama, I also taught The History, Philosophy, and Social Foundations of Education, a required course for all education majors.  Additionally, I have presented my research in the field of education at numerous refereed national conferences, and I have conducted workshops for English teachers at the district and state level.

As far as my personal life is concerned, I am married and have three amazing children and two cats. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, and creating, but my greatest passion outside of my family is teaching.  I am looking forward to a wonderful year as we read, write, and grow together.