My teaching career began in 1999 at Dixie Heights High School, but I have known that I wanted to be a teacher my entire life. One of the earliest, most vivid memories I have is of me lining up my “students”--Barbie, Ken, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Cabbage Patch dolls, and Miss Piggy (who was always very talkative in class)--to teach them the day’s lesson. I was six. The classroom is my happy place, and I am thrilled that I get to share time working with you this term.
I come from a long line of teachers; I guess you could say it is the “family business.” It doesn’t take long at family gatherings for the topic to turn to all things education. My husband, Ryan, teaches math at Scott, where my oldest son is a senior this year. I also have a sophomore, Lily, who attends Dixie, and I have two younger children, Noah (10) and Olivia (7), who attend White’s Tower Elementary. I believe in public schools and universities!
As an undergraduate, I attended Northern Kentucky University, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education. In 2005, I attended the University of Cincinnati and earned my Master’s in Education. Although I thought that I was finished with achieving advanced degrees, I got the “itch” to be a student again; I have always really liked being one. I began graduate school for the second time in 2016 and earned a Master’s in English from Northern Kentucky University in the fall of 2018.
During my tenure at Dixie, I have taught a variety of courses: 9th-12th grade English, Principles of Teaching 1 and II, Speech, Creative Writing, College and Career Readiness, and AP Language and Composition. My dual credit teaching experience includes Thomas More University courses, EDU 101: Introduction to Education and TMU 255: Special Topics in Literature, as well as Northern Kentucky University courses, ENG 101: College Writing and ENG 102: Advanced College Writing.
I look forward to this semester as we develop a community of learners--myself included.