Teacher, Writer, and Educational Consultant in Waxahachie, Texas
I currently work as a Secondary ELAR Instructional Coach for grades 7-12 in Ennis ISD, and was in the classroom with grades 7-12 for 17 years. Prior to that I was a Licensed Masters Social Worker. My instruction and classroom environment typically have a focus on: reaching disenfranchized students, STEaM and project-based learning initiatives, disciplinary literacy engagement, and the integration of as much maker-based and inquiry-based learning as possible. My goal is facilitating a space to ask and develop more questions, not just provide answers. Now as an instructional coach I focus on helping teachers set up independent structures for reading and writing workshop, as well as helping our district develop a balanced literacy framework for grades K-12.
A teacher consultant with National Writing Project's local site North Star of Texas Writing Project since 2009, I also currently work as a professional development provider for NWP (and Educator Innovator) and continue to work as a fellow in NWP's/NEXMAP's Hacking the Notebook initiative, which is an integration of flat circuitry, literacy, and production centered learning. I have presented at several national conferences regarding this work including NCTE and SXSWedu.
I also have been a FIRST Robotics Teacher Mentor and Coach since 2009, and continue to provide consultation for helping those set up teams and effective programs, though I am no longer a team coach.
I am available to provide professional development on reading and writing for STAAR success, writing workshop and disciplinary literacy integration, ELAR curriculum writing and development, best practices for engaging reluctant learners, classroom management structures to foster independence, and project based learning integration and project development.