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Work experience

Jan 2011Present

Adjunct Instructor

University of Phoenix
  • Courses Taught: COM 156
  • Provide weekly quantitative and qualitative feedback to all students
  • Facilitate class discussion boards
  • Use the Sandwich Approach when providing feedback
  • Use the ABC Facilitation model when responding to students' posts
Aug 2000Present

Teacher-Department Chair

Pascagoula School District
  • Courses Taught: English I-IV; Accelerated English II and III; Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition
  • Communicate continually with parents concerning their children's progress
  • Manage instructional time effectively on the block schedule by changing pace at least three times during each block
  • Create lesson plans that integrate technology and meet the needs of students with a variety of learning styles
  • Incorporate Web 2.0 technologies in lessons: wikis, blogs, jings, etc.
  • Research, create, and conduct district and school-level language arts staff development sessions based on teacher suggestions
  • Conduct and facilitate English department meetings, focusing on curricular problems and solutions
  • Interview teacher candidates and recommend for employment
  • Mentor and observe new English teachers
  • Create English master schedule each year
  • Create SATP after-school tutoring schedule and tutoring curriculum
  • Create district-level common assessments
  • Organize and coordinate all senior class and graduation activities
  • Organize and coordinate AP Parent Night annually
  • Created a collaborative wiki for the English department to share resources
  • Piloted a year-long English I program to motivate and support at-risk students
  • Collaborated with colleagues to research and establish an SSR program to facilitate students' reading comprehension test scores, to create life-long readers, and to establish a reading culture in our school
  • 72% of my students have earned college credit on the AP English Literature and Composition Exam over the course of five years, above the national average that hovers around 60%
  • Increased minority participation in the AP English program from 5% to 33% in four years by actively recruiting underserved students
Aug 2008May 2010

Adjunct Instructor

Mississippi Virtual Public School
  • Courses Taught: Creative Writing, English IV, AP English Language and Composition
  • Communicate continually with students across the state and their school-level facilitators
  • Respond to all student communication within 24 hours
  • Moderate weekly discussion forums
  • Motivate and encourage students to complete assignments in a timely manner
  • Create relationships with students to increase retention
  • Use d2l system to create, monitor, and grade lessons
  • Provide timely, narrative feedback to students within 48 hours of submission
  • Participate in a weekly online teachers’ collaborative forum
Aug 1999May 2000


False River Academy
  • Courses Taught: Spanish II, English II, Creative Writing, Advanced Literature
  • Created lesson plans that met the needs of rural students with limited resources
  • Organized and coordinated fundraisers and prom as junior class sponsor
  • Taught four preparations on a seven period day


Aug 2009Present


University of South Alabama
Aug 2003May 2009

Master of Arts

University of South Alabama
  • Concentration: Literature
  • Graduate Student Essay Winner, 2006
  • Moderator, Gender Studies Conference, 2006
  • Presented paper, Gender Studies Conference, 2006
  • Non-fiction Editorial Board, Oracle Fine Arts Journal, 2005
  • Research focus: Victorian and Renaissance literature with an emphasis in the intersection of class and gender
  • GPA : 3.92
Aug 1996May 1999

Bachelor of Arts

Louisiana State University
  • Minor: History
  • Concentration: Spanish
  • Earned a full academic scholarship
  • Began college as a sophomore, earning 23 hours of credit based on Advanced Placement exams, ACT score, and LSU placement tests
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • GPA : 3.152


Jul 2007Jun 2017

Mississippi Teaching Certificate

Mississippi Department of Education
Dec 2003Dec 2013

National Board Certified Teacher

National Board of Professional Teaching Standards
Mar 2009Mar 2012

Florida Teaching Certificate

Florida Department of Education
Mar 2009Mar 2012

North Carolina Teaching Certificate

North Carolina Department of Education