M.S., Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Walden University
B.S., Social Science Education, University of Georgia
Who was the most influential teacher/coach/instructor when you were growing up? What was it about him/her that impacted you?
My most influential teacher was Coach Chitwood. He taught Algebra I & II and was our basketball coach in high school. I think he was the only teacher who ever really invested in me until I attended college. He was an awesome math teacher, took the time to really get to know me, helped get me plugged-in at school, and hounded me until I tried out for the basketball team. I was moved that someone outside my own family actually believed in me. Coach Chitwood was also one of the only teachers to confront me when I started to disengage from school and make questionable peer choices. I may not have appreciated it at the time (I didn’t!), but I know his commitment to push me to step out of my comfort zone and hold me accountable for my decisions helped shaped who I am today.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I’m a fan of Carol Dweck’s book Mindset and her assumption that there’s tremendous power in the word “YET”!
You don’t know how to do it YET!
You’re not good at it YET!
You don’t care about it YET!
You don’t practice enough self-control YET!
You didn’t make the team YET!
When nothing else is working, what is your go-to?
When nothing else is working, I observe other teachers’ classrooms. Our teachers are phenomenal educators who teach, inspire, challenge, love, support, lead, and grow our students in unique and creative ways. When I get stuck in the muck ‘n mire of the in-between-moments of adolescence and my passion fades, I only need to watch our teachers do what they do best EVERY SINGLE DAY to regain my inspiration.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."-Galatian 5:1: