“When I grow up I’m going to be a teacher just like you… only skinny.” This is how 5-year-old Richard told me that he loved school one morning when he walked into my kindergarten classroom. My initial reaction, of course, was laughter. It took me a little while thinking about it to realize that he was telling me that I had made an impact and that he loved school! I have a great job.
My current position as the Responsiveness to Instruction (RtI)/Professional Development (PD) Facilitator for Newton-Conover City Schools. I am so happy that I get to work with all grade levels and teachers as we work towards making every student successful. I love students who make me laugh out loud (almost all of them) and the students who have huge personalities. I firmly believe that these are the children who will change the world. I strive to make sure that all students experience school as a safe environment where their risk-taking, creative, and individual spirits can really shine. I am passionate about children’s literature and love finding the perfect book to bring home each lesson.
I’ve been an educator since 2001. I graduated with my undergraduate degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina and with my master’s in elementary education from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. I am a lifelong learner who loves to bring new ideas into classroom (this could be due to some undiagnosed Attention Deficit Disabilities). I recently earned a local endorsement for teaching students who are academically gifted.
Personally, I have been married for 16 years to a wonderful woman named Liz. We have an awesome daughter, Ella. Her activities and social schedule keeps us busy. We live in Hickory, North Carolina with our cat Boo Radley, who I wanted to name Catticus Finch but as a family we settled on Boo!
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