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May 2001

5th Grade Teacher

Ansted Middle School


  2003–PresentAnsted Middle School Permanent Position

    Grade 5

·US History, English, Reading, Grade 5

·World Culture,ScienceGrade 6

 May 2001 – December 2003

·Ansted Middle SchoolPermanent. Substitute

·US History, English, Reading, PE, Health, Science

Jan 2001-May 2001Fayette Co.Board of Ed.Sub. Teacher

Fall 2000.Student Teaching

·Athens Elementary, Kindergarten.Mrs. Nancy O’Farrell

·Nuttall Middle School, Grade 5.Mrs., Karen Grafton

July 1998, 1999 and 2000.Summer Institute, State of West Virginia

·Handicapped Conference for the Deaf and Blind.Employed as Co/Activity Director. I incorporated tactile experiences into activities which I formulated and supervised.

Summer 2000.Concord Day Care Center.

·Substitute, Athens,West Virginia. Supervised swimming and field trips.Instructed 5-year olds in Kindergarten Skills.

    Summer 1999.C. A. S. E. /Concord Development. Bluefield, WV.

·Assistant Teacher for the C. A. S. E.Chaperoned field trips and swimming, developed and implemented lesso plans for 30 children in poetry and writing, reading, art, and science.


·Poetry Corner Book StoreProprietor

·I owned and operated the Athens neighborhood bookstore

and designed and delivered free computer lessons for the

neighborhood children, called “Computer Tutors.”

  1994-1997New River Store,Lansing, WVProprietor

·I sold sporting goods, rock climbing supplies, Rafting,

hardware, and groceries.For this $100, 000.00 a year

business, I stocked, did inventory, and made purchase orders.I

eventually sold the store and entered college to pursue my

teaching career.

Last updated  March 27, 2008


Marshall University

I am a memeber of the Pathway Program.  Upon completion, in 2014, i will have a 15-hour certificate allowing me to teach English through Adult.

Concord University

I am a member of the Prism Scholarship with Dr. O'Brien.  When complete, in 2013, I will obtain a 12-Hour certificate that will allow me to teach history through adult.


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.

Communication Skills

·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

Community Involvement

·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.

End Note:

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


            I love to cross-stitch and I have won several blue ribbons at the county fair.I just learned how to knit and I can crochet Afghans, also.I like to draw and I donated a painting and a drawing to Wal-Mart’s “Silent Auction.”The proceeds went to benefit Children’s Miracle Network.I was surprised when the pair sold for $60.00.I have been married to the Preacher’s son, Larry, for 33 years and we have 3 grown children and 10 grandchildren.We call three of them our flower garden as they are all sisters named Lillie, Rose, and Daisy.We live on Newground Road in Edmond on almost the same piece of land where my husband was born.We built a large two-story farmhouse which we named Short Creek Farm.This is a beautiful place to live, abundant with blackberries, deer, fruit trees, and even some occasional poultry.Next month we are expecting five Barred Rock laying hens and three turkey chicks from J and J Supply in Ansted.The back deck connects to the tree house via a wooden bridge.Our church is nearby where I started teaching Sunday School when I was 18.I am the Church Historian and I am a member of the Graydon Baptist Women’s Group.I like to garden and have donated the use of ½; acre of our land to “God’s Kids Garden,” where neighboring kids from Edmond and Graydon can learn to grow their own food and donate the excess to the local food pantry.They brought the fertilizer yesterday.I’ve been to Mexico, Texas, and Canada.I write books, many of which use Short Creek for their setting.You can view them at sometimes write for Country Living Extra (two features) and I used to live in a bookstore (Poetry Corner) for three years.I have been a Damaris Wilson Scholar, a Bonner Scholar, a Gilder-Lehrman State History Teacher Finalist, and this year our class gets to take their Social Studies project to the State Level in Charleston.It is an economics project on how much money you can save if you switch from incandescent light bulbs to fluorescent ones.My newest endeavor is helping the class raise butterflies for our Holocaust Remembrance Day in May.


Masters in Middle School Literature

Marshall University Graduate School (MUGS)

K-8 Multi-Subject

Concord College, Athens, West Virginia