Subjects Taught
World History

Education

I graduated as a part of the last class out of Maury High School, so I'll always have a soft spot for the Hornets.  However, I did my student teaching at Rush Strong, had three children attend Jefferson Middle, and taught at White Pine School.  So I may be one of the few teachers at JCHS with an important connection to each of the county middle schools. 

I spent two years at Carson-Newman Universtiy before transferring to the University of Tennessee.  I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a PhD in Social Science Education.



Experience

I taught 7th and 8th grade social studies (Tennessee History, World Geography, and American History) for 18 years.  From 2005-2014, I taught World Geography at Jefferson County High School.  From 2014-present, the subject has become World History and Geography with new state standards.  I am the president of the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies and I've served a term on the board of directors for the National Council for the Social Studies.  I've attended and made presentations at many state, regional, and national conferences over the years.  I am also an active member of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance.

It was with great appreciation that I received the Middle School Teacher of the Year award the Distinguished Classroom Educator award from the Jefferson County Education Association.  I was honored also to receive the American History Teacher of the Year award at a chapter level from both the Andrew Bogle Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and at the state level from the Tennessee Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  In addition, I've received an Outstanding Social Studies Teacher award from the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies and been inducted into the Jefferson County Historical Society Hall of Fame, after having served several years on the board of directors and as president.



Bio

Before becoming a teacher, I spent time working as a newspaper reporter for the Citizen Tribune in Morristown and later for the Standard Banner in Jefferson City.  I worked in the publicity department at Silver Dollar City for three years, then spent a year as a camera operator for WBIR-TV Channel 10, and worked as a script writer for a children's show produced at the time.  From there I spent time as a professional photographer, before pursuing my teaching certificatioin.