Although this is only my second year at Loyola, I have nine years’ experience teaching in public schools in Mississippi. I also hold certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in reading/language arts. I graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2001 with a B.A. in English, and I am currently pursuing an M.A. in Secondary Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
As for my philosophy of teaching, I believe an effective classroom is teacher-facilitated rather than teacher-led. Students learn best through discovery and a wide mix of activities geared towards different learning styles. Learning to think critically is more important than learning to bubble a test sheet, and learning to work collaboratively, both face-to-face and via technology, is especially important. Ensuring that students are provided opportunities to thoroughly practice all of the components of effective communication – reading, writing, listening, and speaking – practically ensures academic success in other areas.
I've been married to my husband, Scott, for four years. Between us, we have six children: Stephan works in wind power and lives with his wife and two children in Watertown, SD; Bobby is a nuclear electrician aboard the USS Connecticut (SSN-22) in Bremerton, WA; Becky is a Certified Athletic Trainer in New Orleans, LA; Alexa is a junior at University of Minnesota - Duluth, and Nick and Ben are students at St. Peter High School. When I'm not teaching, I love to knit, read, and be outside!
Attended: University of Mississippi
Degree: B.A. in English
"Humanity is but a single Brotherhood: So make peace with your brethren." ~The Qu'ran 49:10