Work History

Work History
2013 - 2016

Intermediate SAGE Instructor

North Kansas City School District

 Developing, implementing, and assessing a comprehensive curriculum integrating technology and strategies to promote higher level thinking skills while differentiating for student interests and abilities

 Planning project-based learning units, daily lessons, and experiences to meet Common Core Standards, NAGC National Standards in Gifted and Talented Education and ISTE Student and Teacher Standards

Imbedding affective learning skills, learning modality principles and student interests into group and individual instruction to maximize learning and meet the unique learning needs of each student

Collaborating on projects and blogging with classrooms around the world to share student learning, develop global awareness and understanding, Internet safety skills , digital literacy, and citizenship

Collaborating with the regular classroom teacher to support instruction, enrichment and differentiation

Aug 2012 - 2013

Gifted Instructor

SJSD Middle School

As the gifted instructor for all four middle schools in our community, I l lead an online, offsite and onsite course that partners with local business and organizations. Heartland Health, Kit Bond Incubator, Altec Industries, EmPowerU, and the MWSU Steven L. Craig School of Business have helped SJSD GATE develop a rich curriculum for the students. The curriculum is grounded in relevancy, entrepreneurship, leadership, engineering, math, science, and design thinking - all focused on the community.

Aug 2007 - 2012

Department Chair, Biology Instructor

Benton High School

As Department Chair, I organize professional development meetings with my department. I gather data about school improvement measures. I represent my department on our school leadership team.

I have taught Biology, Environmental Science, Zoology, and TAG Science Investigations in my time at Benton High School.

Aug 2007 - 2012

Assistant Cross Country Coach

Benton High School

As the Assistant Cross Country coach, I help the head coach organize practices, and I  help my athletes with any issues they are having with training. I run with the girl's team when possible, and I also run with them outside of the season when possible. 

Feb 2006 - Jun 2007

Assistant Track Coach

Lafayette High School

As the Assistant Track Coach, I worked with the distance runners throughout the season. 

Aug 2003 - Jun 2007

Biology Instructor

Lafayette High School

At Lafayette High School, I taught several science course. I taught both Honors and non-honors Biology, Principles of Chemistry and Physics, Honors Zoology, Honors Botany, TAG Science Investigations, and the ACT Preparatory Course.

Aug 2005 - Jun 2007

Head Cross Country Coach

Lafayette High School

As the Head Cross Country Coach, I designed practice schedules for my athletes, organized home meets, and worked to establish team relationships with parents and the community. I ran with my athletes during the season whenever possible, and I also ran with them off-season as well.

Education

Education
2015 - 2017

Masters in Gifted Education and Creativy

Arkansas State University.

I am currently working toward my Masters degree in gifted education.

Jun 2012 - Dec 2012

University of Missouri

I received my 15 hours of Masters level coursework in Gifted Education. This coursework was necessary to obtain my gifted certification for the state of Missouri. 

Aug 1999 - Dec 2003

Bachelor of Science in English Education

Northwest Missouri State University

I attended Northwest Missouri State University. I graduated with honors and received my degree in English Education. I minored in Biology.

Certifications

Certifications
Dec 2003 - Present

English Education - 9-12

DESE
Dec 2003 - Present

Biology Education - 9-12

DESE
Dec 2013 - Present

Gifted Education - K-12

DESE