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7/2005 to present, ETSU University School, Instructor, First Grade.

Teaching Activities

Mentor to COE field experience and student teachers, 2005 - present.

Studied NCTM Focal Points and critically analyzed Growing with Mathematics (GWM) curriculum as well as other state approved elementary math programs in light of NCTM standards and recommendations, 2006-2007. 

Ongoing staff development with Dr. Lester Laminack to strengthen the writing portion of a balanced literacy program, 2005 present.

Implemented Chinese language and culture study in partnership with Chun Thomas, Mary Myron, and the kindergarten class, 2006- present.   

Collaborated with Dr. Mick Whitelaw by taking first graders to the ETSU Geology lab to conduct experiments with solids and liquids, 2007.

Collaborated with the US elementary team to set up K-5 multiage exploratory classes to integrate math and science learning in real world problem solving.  My exploratory class is developing a Green School website to document the efforts of US students toward achieving TP3 Green School status. 

Research/Creative Activities

Collaborated with Dr. Jack Rhoton of the Center of Excellence in Mathematics Science Education in a year long effort to align state and national math and science standards, integrate math and science curriculum, develop and identify available resources, and strengthen my own teaching in those areas, 2006-2007.

Ongoing work with Dr. Lester Laminack and the US elementary team to strengthen our technical writing program in alliance with our new focus as a Math/Science signature school.

Action Research Project 2006-2007:  I analyzed student spelling skills and developed a program to provide targeted teaching of dependable spelling patterns.  I was able to broaden my project and blend it with my preference to individualize spelling instruction for first graders.  The result is a balanced approach to spelling instruction that systematically targets common patterns and still meets the developmental needs of individual children.

Presented Writing Across the Curriculum in a Kindergarten and a First Grade Classroom, at ETSU Early Childhood Conference, July 2008

 Presented Teaching Constructively and Meeting Standards in a Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade Classroom and Busy Bee Book Club:  An Authentic Reading/Writing Workshop Approach in the PreK Classroom at ETSU Early Childhood Conference, June 2007.

Presented Following in the Footsteps of Oprah:  Young Children Get Their Own Book Club at the National Association for the Education of Young Children annual national conference in Chicago, November 2007.

Presented Revisioning University School: A Signature School in Science and Math at the National Science Teachers Association national conference in Boston, March 2008.

Presented inservice training to Union County (TN) PreK teachers, October 5, 2007.

Presented the inservice workshop Literacy, Language, and Early Learners to teachers and staff of Greeneville City Schools and Greene County Schools.  November 2006

Chaired Foreign Language Committee to research pedagogy, methodology, and logistics of setting up a K-8 Foreign Language program.   

Collaborated with Dr. Laurelle Phillips to mentor and provide primary grade field experiences in the area of early literacy to graduate students seeking initial teaching licensure.


Member, University School Director Search Committee, 2008

Member, 2008 Annual Early Childhood Conference Advisory Board

Secretary/Note taker for US Elementary Team 2005- present

US Revisioning Committee, member 2006- present

NALS conference planning committee, 2006-2007

University School Foundation, Rotating member 2005- present

University School Foreign Language Committee Chair- 2006-2007

Knox County Schools PreK Advisory Committee, 2005 - present

7/2003 to 7/2005, Roosevelt Elementary School, Project Director.

Builder and director of Encore! Jr., a grant funded after school program designed around Howard Gardners theory of Multiple Intelligences with the mission of exposing children in grades PreK-5 to the fine arts and higher learning. Responsible for budgeting, grant management, staffing, overseeing and directing tutoring, mentoring, and counseling services to children and managing teen and adult volunteers.  Worked in partnership with Milligan College, Kingsport Ballet School and Company, and independent artists to build a successful record of helping children, parents, and teachers recognize and nurture emerging talent in photographic arts, ballet, music, and creative expression.

7/200 1 to 6/2003, Kingsport City Schools Palmer Center, PreK Teacher

Taught and assisted with administration of a Tennessee Early Childhood Education Pilot Program preschool class serving 3 and 4 year old children.  Taught a High/Scope based program with an emphasis on early literacy and brain development. Created and implemented successful, developmentally appropriate model for early literacy instruction.

10/2000 to 6/2001, Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Program

Director of Holly Hills Learning Center

Directed an after school program serving children and teens in a public housing community. Provided a variety of educational and social services including tutoring, parent education, teen girl empowerment, and social support.   Served as a child advocate between the Holly Hills community and George Washington Elementary School.

8/2000 to 10/2000, George Washington Elementary, interim K-1-2 Teacher

Taught a K-1-2 multiage class during the teacher's maternity leave.

1/2000 to 7/2000, Kingsport City Schools, Director of Even Start

Managing all aspects of an Even Start program serving a population of English Language Learners from 3 continents. Provided basic adult education (GED preparation), preschool services, and parenting education.

8/1999 to 12/1999, ETSU, Adjunct Faculty

Taught undergraduate section of Assessment of Young Children in the

Department of Human Development and Learning.


1999, M.Ed. Early Childhood Education, ETSU

1997, B.A. English Literature with a minor in Philosophy and significant

coursework in humanities and women's studies. ETSU

1993- 1995, King College

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