Welcome to CTC and the Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM). I am thrilled to be the Site Coordinator and Instructor for the TAM program. How rewarding it is to spend the day with students who want to learn about the teaching profession! Each day affords all of us involved with TAM the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a learner. And that is, indeed, a privilege.
I have an Associate of Arts degree in English from Potomac State College of West Virginia University, a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education in the fields of Social Studies and English (7-12) from Fairmont State College, and a Masters of Arts degree in English from West Virginia University. I also completed the course work for my Ph.D. from West Virginia University, including passing my written and oral exams with distinction. I began the writing of my dissertation entitled "(Intentional) Parody: Cultural Constructions of Masculinity in the Life and Work of Sam Shepard"; I was offered a position as a full-time professor before I could complete the project, so that remains on my bucket list.
I spent the first part of my education career teaching as a full-time professor of English at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, receiving both promotion and tenure from an assistant to an associate professor. While at PSC, I coordinated and taught the courses for the Women's Studies sections, and I developed the curriculum and taught African-American Literature. Additionally, I taught American Literature, Humanities 1 and 2, Composition, and Developmental Writing. After relocating to Maryland, I taught part-time at Frederick Community College (English 1 and 2) and full-time at Walkersville High School (AP Composition, AP Literature, Studies in Composition, and English 10 Honors and Merit). I took a break from teaching full-time to stay at home for a few years with my children, and then I returned both to part-time teaching at FCC and full-time teaching at Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School, grades 7 and 8, affording me the opportunity to have experience at three levels of education. I am excited to be able to share these insights with the students in the Teacher Academy of Maryland.
Notable Awards and Committee Memberships:
Outstanding Professor Recipient
Outstanding Professor Nominee
Contributing Reviewer, American Voices, third edition, ed. Renee Deljon.
Hood College, Mentor Teacher
Frederick Community College Cooperating Mentor Teacher
School Improvement Team Committtee, Chair
Olweus Anti-Bullying Trainer
UDL Seminar Trainer/Participant
WVU Council for Women's Concerns
Instruction Committee, Chair
Faculty Development Council
Affirmative Action Council
Stephen J. Crocker Dissertation Fellowship Recipient
Shakespeare/Folger Library Seminar Scholar