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Work experience

Aug 2002Jun 2003

English Teacher

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, The Career Center
Jan 2001Jun 2002

English Language Arts Teacher, 7th Grade

Guilford County Schools, Allen Jay Middle School
  • Created intense reading and writing unit plans to prepare students in Grade 7th for End-of-Grade Writing Assessments and End-of-Grade Reading Comprehension Assessments
  • Required students to participate in local and national essay contests
  • Arranged teacher-parent conferences for the 7th Grade Interdisciplinary Team
Jan 2013May 2013

English Teacher

Fulton County Schools, Riverwood High School
  • Prepare Pre-IB students for the academic expectations of International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
  • Promote interdisciplinary projects and assignments to fulfill the goals of the IB Diploma
  • Teach students to analyze prose and poetry
  • Program Writer for the IB MYP Showcase (Spring 2013)
  • Prepare students to complete comparative studies of World Literature
  • Infuse instructional technologies for global learners and assistive technologies to promote learning
  • Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners
Aug 2012Dec 2013

English Teacher

Atlanta Public Schools, Alonzo A. Crim Open Campus High School
  • Infuse Project Based Learning (PBL) as a lead instructional strategy for high at-risk, urban learners
  • Create blended classrooms to aid high-risk students
Aug 2004May 2012

English Teacher

Atlanta Public Schools, Benjamin E. Mays High School
  • Orient assignments to meet individual needs while developing critical thinking skills
  • Design unit plans utilizing scope and sequence, curriculum maps and assessments
  • Plan and implement required curriculum based on the Georgia Performance Standards for 9th Grade Literature & Composition, World Literature, American Literature, British Literature & Composition
  • Use a balance of assessment techniques and suites
  • Instruct how to use technological and informational resources to gather and synthesize information, create and communicate learned knowledge
  • Model how to create, critique, analyze, evaluate multimedia texts
  • Design multi-disciplined assignments that allow students to build relationships with others and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
  • Teach with a broad range of text
  • Research current teaching practices to strengthen pedagogical skills and demonstrate new educational theories for the English department
  • Prepare students for statewide and national assessments: GGT Writing, GGT American Literature Reading Comprehension, EOCT American Literature Reading Comprehension, 9th Grade EOCT Reading Comprehension, and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), AP English Language & Composition Exam
  • Designer and writer of the Benjamin E. Mays High School Summer Reading Initiative
Aug 2004May 2009

Adjunct Composition Lecturer

Clayton State University
  • Freshman Composition, ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102
  • Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions to create, critique, evaluate, and discuss print and multimedia texts
  • Students use spoken, written and visual languages to accomplish their own purposes
Jan 2004May 2004

Adjunct Composition Lecturer

North Carolina A&T State University



Gifted and Talented Endorsement

Valdosta State University

Education Specialist (EdS), Teaching and Learning

Liberty University

Master of Arts (MA), English

North Carolina A&T State University

Bachelor of Arts (BA), English

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Relevant Experience

SLO Assessment Writer

June 2013 

Fulton County Schools & Georgia Department of Education

  • Created Post Assessment for 10th Grade Literature & Composition Course (General Education)
  • Developed and evaluated Common Core Performance Tasks in preparation for value-added data analysis as part of the Teacher Keys Evaluation System

SLO Assessment Writer

June 2012

Atlanta Independent City Schools & Georgia Department of Education

  • Created Common Core Performance Task Assessments for Advance Composition Courses
  • Developed and evaluated quality assessments
  • Generated SLO Table of Specification/task analysis

Instructional Coach for English Language Arts

May 2012 to June 2012

Atlanta City Independent Schools Summer Academy

  • Demonstrate research-based strategies aimed at teaching students to read, write, think critically across the disciplines
  • Design on-going professional development opportunities that equip staff members with the knowledge and understanding needed to implement Common Core, 21st Century Skills, Pre-AP, Advanced Placement, Pre-IB
  • Demonstrate foresight and instructional leadership
  • Demonstrate scaffolding teaching strategies to meet the demands of Common Core in English Language Arts

Teach for America Faculty Advisor

Summers 2009 & 2010

Atlanta City Independent Schools Summer Institutes

  • Audit Teach for America (TFA) cohorts' lesson plans and classroom management
  • Conference with Teach for America (TFA) cohorts daily
  • Model lessons, assignments, pedagogical techniques to TFA cohorts

Advanced Placement Coordinator

August 2008 to May 2009

Benjamin E. Mays High School

  • Attend to the ethical practices of the AP Program
  • Build professional relationships and collegiality within the AP Program and the AP Community
  • Create resources that pose and solve problems collaboratively


Specialized Skills in Web 2.0 Technologies

  • Blogs, Microblogs
  • Productivity Applications (Google Apps, Zoho, Noodletools)
  • Social Networks
  • Visual Learning Tools, Screencasts, Webinars, Youtube, Whiteboards
  • Virtual Environments (Schoology, Edmodo, Google Classroom, Wikispaces, Webquests
  • Wikis
  • Flipped Classroom


Jun 2019

State Certification for Georgia in English at the Secondary Level (6-12), T-6

State of Georgia
Clear, renewable teacher certification with Talented and Gifted Endorsement (TAG)

Advanced Placement (AP) Certification in English Literature and Composition

College Board

Advanced Placement (AP) Certification in English Language and Composition

College Board
Summer Institutes 2005 and 2012

Professional Presentations

"The Interactive Notebook for Scaffolding Pre-AP Content for Nontraditional Students," State of Georgia Department of Education's 2014 ELA Summer Institute, Darton College in Albany, June 23, 2014; "The Interactive Notebook for Scaffolding Pre-AP Content for Nontraditional Students," CollegeBoard's 2013 AP Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, July 2013; "Teaching MLA and APA with Noodletools," Metro RESA (Griffin) Drive-In Technology Conference, January 13, 2013; "Teaching MLA and APA Through Technology," GaETC, November 2012; "Differentiated Instruction in the Time of Common Core: Three Strategies," APS Summer Academy, June 2012; "The Time of the Blog," APS Summer Academy, June 2012; "Introduction to Common Core: The Changes and Implications for Teaching and Learning," APS Summer Academy, June 2012; "Making the Synthetic Argument Applicable to Younger Students," CollegeBoard's 2010 AP Annual Conference, Washington, DC, July 2010; "Teaching the Research Paper to 'At-Risk' Students Using Children's Literature," Henry County Schools, Pre-Planning Week, McDonough, Ga, July 30, 2008; "Teaching the Research Paper to 'At-Risk' Students Using Children's Literature," CollegeBoard's 2008 AP Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, July 2008; "Preparing for the new Project Grad Curriculum in English and Research," Project Grad Summer Institute, May 2007; "Preparing for the New Georgia High School Graduation Test in Writing," B. E. Mays' English Department, February 2007; "Preparing for State Standardized Tests in Core Content Areas Using Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum," B. E. Mays HS, September 2006 "How to Use Socratic Seminars for Preparing Students for Standardized Tests," B. E. Mays HS, March 2006

Fulton County Schools' Difference Maker Video

Academic Awards, Scholarships, Grants

Fulton County Schools' "Difference Maker," 2013; The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Seminar Recipient, Harvard University, July 2014; 2012 College Board AP Fellows Scholarship

Professional Affiliations

  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Reviewer for the new CollegeBoard 8th Grade SAT (ReadiStep), 2007-2009
  • Advisory Board Member for Prestwick House, Inc., 2010-2011
  • Editor for, Summer 2007 to current