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  • Sophomore Academy Lead Teacher, English/Fine Arts Teacher at Daviess County Public Schools

Summary

Leading through enthusiasm, invention, and pragmatism with the goal of creating enriching learning opportunities for students, a shared vision among faculty, and a climate of excellence.

Sophomore Academy Dean. Apollo High School. 2009– Present. Pilot, promotion, and implementation of Reading Plus®, an online silent sustained reading fluency program; creation, planning, development, and implementation of Sophomore Academy Tolerance-Acceptance-Peace (TAP) Project; supporting approximately 15 teachers in planning interdisciplinary units and projects, creating common assessments, and developing positive professional communication between teachers and parents.

Chair-Flex Friday Ad Hoc Committee. 2010- Present. Responsible for creating and acquiring support for proposal of how to best implement a new and radical intervention and enrichment opportuniity for high school students. Students utilize the last 51 minutes of every Friday for intervention and enrichment and can earn 8 possible "Early Release" Fridays throughout the school year by passing all their classes.

DCPS Common High School Schedule Committee. 2009– Present. Recording Secretary. Meet with principals, teacher and parent representatives to research and promote new schedule for the 2011-2012 school year. Introduced, promoted, and acquired support for the Flexible Friday Program, an intervention and enrichment program for students to be implemented this school year.

Drama, Fine Arts, and Language Arts Teacher. Apollo High School. 1997– Present. Full-time teacher for thirteen years in the areas of Drama, Fine Arts, and English

Other: Professional Learning Communities Mission Possible Committee; work on numerous committees such as Committee to Combine COMP and ACC classes, DCPS Literacy Committee, AHS Discipline Committee, etc; presenter of Professional Learning Communities PD to faculty August 2009, presenter of Digital Curriculum PD to faculty May 2010; The Eagle’s Laurels Student Publication, AHS Drama Director 1997-2000.

"Family Adventures" Columnist for Messenger-Inquirer. August 2007 – August 2008. Research information, interview community members, and write weekly column to provide community with information about family outings and family traditions with parenting humor.

Education
Bachelor of Arts. English and Allied Language Arts. Western Kentucky University. 1992-1996.

Masters. English Education. Western Kentucky University. 1993 – 1997


2010. RTI Conference. Lexington KY.; 2009. ASCD Conference on Differentiated Instruction. Houston, TX.; 2009. National Secondary Reform Conference. Long Beach, CA.;2009. Prospective Instructional Leaders On-the-Job Training (PILOT) Program . Daviess County Public Schools, Owensboro, Kentucky.; 2009. Professional Learning Communities Coaching Academy Six Day Training Program. GREEC, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Activities and Societies: President-Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society; Secretary-Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society; Secretary-Student National Education Association; Golden Key Honor Society; English Department Honors Committee; Participant-CCSB Summer Study Abroad Program in London England; Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Earl A. Moore Scholarship Receipient; Owensboro Business and Professional Women's Club Scholarship Receipent; John B and Brownie Young Scholarship Recepient

Groups and Associations
2000-2009. Junior League of Owensboro. Board of Directors. Current Recording Secretary and Reading Plus Chair. Past Diversity Committee Chair and Community Research Committee.

Interests

Secondary School Reform, Professional Learning Communities, adolescent literacy, curriculum development, staff development, arts in education, and any opportunity to rethink and rewrite education for the 21st century for the benefit of current society and future generations.