Contributions or Accomplishments in Education
Professional Development includes
·Currently enrolled in a Master’s Program at Marshall Graduate School (MUGS) where I am pursuing my degree in Middle School Literature.
·Runner-up for Gilder-Lehrman’s State History Teacher /2007
·Advisor for AMS Student Council (2005-2008)
·Ansted Middle School Curriculum Team 2005, 2006
·Ansted Middle School Technology Team 2006, 2007
·AmeriCorps Alumni 900 Hours of Volunteer service
·Free Lance Writer for Mailbox (Educational Publication)
·Member of West Virginia Poetry Association (last 5 years)
·Author of “Is Your Child a Poet Laureate?” (Lulu Press)
·Registered Judge for the 2008 State Social Studies Fair
·I am registered at the Geography Alliance at Pipestem State Park
over Spring Break of April 2008.
Creativity and Originality
·Orchestrated Class in composinga Virtual Field Trip of Fayette
County, West Virginia.
·Facilitated Class to compose a Winning First Place Class project
for the Fayette County Social Studies Fair.(We go to State!)
·Coordinated the raising of Butterflies in our classroom to honor of Pavel Friedman and to release them on our Football Field for our own “Holocaust Remembrance Day 2007.”We are now working on 2008.As part of this project we sent a doll trimmed with paperclips to the Holocaust Museum in Whitwell, Tennessee as part of their Paperclip Project where it is now on public display.
·Entertained Civil War Re-enactors in full regalia at our school complete with authentic War Cannon. I took pictures and then composed a Civil War Web Quest for the students to use in our school computer lab each year while doing Civil War Research.
·I am the coordinator of our own Fifth Grade Newspaper, “Blazer Gazette” which our classroom contributes, edits, composes and distributes by themselves to the entire Fifth Grade.
·I write for Mailbox Magazine.(educational publication)
·I write for Country Living Extra magazine.
·I have several books on the market, two of West Virginia Poetry, one on how to teach children how to write poetry, and two children’s picture books, Ester’s Easter and The Magnificent Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Tree.I was invited by the Ansted AIM committee to have my own book signing at one of their summer festivals.
·I was the Voice of the Angel Puppet in “Tell Me the Story of Jesus.” in Graydon’s Community Play. (2007).
·I walked in the Fayetteville Christmas Parade distributing Candy Canes. (2007)
·Graydon Baptist Church Historian
·As Advisor of Ansted Student Council, we participate each year in a Canned Food Drive and a “Hat and Glove Tree” to collect supplies for the needy.We are currently holding a “Penny Drive” for Cystic Fibrosis.
·I am a member of Graydon Baptist Church where I have taught Preschool Sunday School for 33 years.
·I belong to the Graydon Baptist Women’s Group where we this month gathered stuffed animals and constructed lap blankets to donate to the local Police Force to keep in their Police Cruisers to give to young children they may encounter.
·I have donated the use of my land (1/2 acre) for the neighboring children of Graydon and Edmond to construct a “Neighborhood Garden” this spring.Our produce will be used to feed the needy in the area.
·I donated a painting and a pencil sketch to Wal-Mart’s Silent Auction for Children’s Miracle Network.
·I am a member of Team Graydon’s “Relay for Life” Cancer Walk to take place in June.We have a goal of $2000.00 which we plan to raise via hotdog sales and other fund raisers.
·Patron of the Arts—Annual Season Tickets to “Ivy and Stone” Council of the Arts, Summersville, West Virginia.I never miss a performance.
I am a lifelong resident of Edmond, WV.
I have been married for 33 years.
I have three grown children.
I will achieve my Master’s Degree within the next six month’s.
I plan to pursue my Doctorate in Writing.
Last Updated:March 28, 2012