I was interested in being a teacher for as long as I can remember. My interest grew into a passion after having some really amazing and influential teachers in High School. They are those teachers who come to mind when you are asked to think about your favorite teacher, or the one who had the biggest impact on your life. I wanted to emulate these teachers and be the teacher some one thinks of in that way one day. I chose secondary education because I wanted to work with older students and teach a specific discipline. Deciding to focus on Social Studies was an easy decision because of my passion for history and because of how that passion developed. I didn't always like history. In fact, I thought it was boring and I considered my dad "lame" for enjoying the History Channel. That said, my high school US History teacher changed everything. I realized it wasn't the content that was boring, but the way I had been exposed to it. History is more than memorizing names, dates, or facts. It is understanding the stories of people from the past. Once I understood this, my passion was ignited and I knew that I wanted to be the teacher who brought history to life and sparked such an interest in my students.
I completed Michigan State University's Teacher Preparation Program and became certified to teach Social Studies at the secondary level in the state of Michigan. By earning the comprehensive Social Studies Endorsement (RX) I am highly qualified to teach the following disciplines: History, Geography, Government, Economics, and Psychology. I have three years of experience teaching sixth grade Social Studies (Ancient World History and Geography) at Reedy Creek Middle School in Cary, North Carolina. Currently, I am not teaching, but look forward to continuing my career in education. If you are interested in learning more about my preparation, educational experience, or future plans, please review the other sections of this portfolio.
Moving forward, I plan to maintain this as a professional portfolio, updating it accordingly as I re-enter the work force. This teaching page will eventually link to corresponding topics/pages such as a look into my classroom, student work, my education blog, class website, and more.