I began teaching middle school ELA in 2004 in a tiny town in Upstate, South Carolina. We only have two red lights, one grocery store, and the nearest Target is about 25 minutes away. I am sure that Walmart is closer, but I don't shop there... that is another story though! I began teaching ELA and English one and continued to do so for eight years until I felt the calling to shift my position just a little. I interviewed and accepted the job as our school's reading teacher to assist those students who may not have all the skills they need to become an avid reader. And that is where I found my heart. I have been in this position since 2012 and am now moving into a coaching position in our school to assist my fantastic co-teachers as we move to incorporate more literacy into all of our classes.
My classroom library consists of a wide variety of books that will reach every child that walks through my door. Students from all grades who are in my class and quite a few who are not, make their way into my classroom on a daily basis to check out books. It is my belief that students should not be hindered in what they read and my classroom library reflects that. Between our wonderful school library and my classroom library, our students have a wide variety of books from every genre to choose from and dive into!
School never stops when I leave my classroom though and my students are always on my mind. In order to stay on top of my game and be continually inspired by by fellow teachers, I fully immerse myself in professional organizations, participate in Twitter chats, keeps up with a plethora of blogs and much more. I am a member of SCIRA (South Carolina International Reading Association), NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) and ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE) all of which I regularly attend conferences for.
Outside of my classroom, I am a wife to Chris and a mom to Kylie and Jaxon and an active member in our church. It is my belief that my ministry is in my classroom just as much as it is in my house with my family. Nelson Mandela said it best. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." I am doing my small part in changing the world through literature and even even if I don't see it in this lifetime, it will have a lasting impact!