Degrees and Certifications:
I am a resident of Martin County and a graduate of East End High School. I have worked in the field of Manufacturing for 15 years as a supervisor/manager. I continued my education as a nontraditional student and receive an Associative of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration from Martin Community College. I continued my educational career as a nontraditional student at Elizabeth City State University and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. I am a licensed to teach High School History and Middle-Grade Social Studies. My educational experiences are comprised of being a Teacher Assistant for 14 years, a Substitute Teacher for Jamesville Middle School. I have served as co-director of the Holy Trinity Multicultural Fine Art Summer Program for more than 10 years. My accomplishments are a member of the Phi Alpha Theta in the field of History; and, Academic honors for upperclassman in history at Elizabeth City State University. I was a Teacher Assistant of the Year for district One of the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistant, and President of the Martin County Association of Teacher Assistant. I was a member of the Williamston Primary School, School Improvement Team and PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Strategy). I served as a member of Bear Grass Local School Advisory Board.
I believe education should be more than helping children memorize their way through information. They should be able to develop critical thinking skills, learn to solve problems and make informed decisions.
I believe children do not learn on the same level. The educator must devise lesson plans that will meet the needs of the students. The allegory of the socioeconomic environment has long been the cop-out for educators. A child that is poor is not an excuse for not being able to learn. Carefully skilled strategies and techniques will help to reassure learning take place for all children.
Educators must have a state of mind, that at the end of the day, every child in the class will have been open to the elements of opportunity in order meet the challenges they will face in the real world.