Greetings Students and Parents and Guardians!
I am a native of Thomas County and hold both a Bachelors of Science in Education with a major in Business Education and a Master of Education with an emphasis in Occupational Studies from the University of Georgia with the following additional endorsements: ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages), CVAE (Coordinator of Vocational Academic Education), TSS (Teacher Support Specialist), GIFTED, and DCT (Diversified Cooperative Training).
The Georgia Professional Standards Commission certified me to teach students the subjects of Spanish and Business Education. Regarding Spanish, the certification covers grades P-12. Regarding Business Education (Occupational Studies), the certification covers grades 7-12. Additionally, I am an experienced teacher of ESOL (P-12).
My education and work experience are both domestic and International. In Georgia, I have enjoyed teaching in both Oconee County and Thomas County. Internationally, I have enjoyed teaching, serving, ministering, working, and living in Mexico (3 months), France (7 months), the United Arab Emirates (9 years), and Nicaragua (1.5 years).
In Mexico, I taught middle school and high school students at the Instituto Thomas Jefferson. In Georgia, I taught at Oconee County High School. In the United Arab Emirates, I worked as an educational consultant for the University of Georgia and Manukau Institute of Technology for three years developing and implementing curricula for all of the Ministry of Education's Business Schools in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Sharjah. I was responsible for the professional development and training for more than 60 teachers from many Arab countries in the Gulf and the Middle East. Afterwards, I taught at the Institute of Applied Technology in the UAE for an additional six years. In Thomas County, I first taught at Cross Creek Elementary and currently teach at Thomas County Middle School. I'm finally back home, and I'm enjoying teaching students of Spanish, French, Business Education (CTE), ESOL, etc... I'm always ready for the next challenge!
I have a passion for teaching all students through various uses of technology while sharing multi-culturally diverse experiences gained while visiting and exploring many countries around the globe.
The world is our classroom and some of the best educational classes take place in non-traditional ways. Education is fun, and I strive to encourage my children and students to become committed life-long learners who also have a desire to travel and to explore the globe.
In July 2020, I accepted the challenge to become TCMS's first distance learning teacher to teach Spanish I and II in addition to Career Explorations I, a CTE elective, to meet the ever growing demand of students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 who have left the Traditional path of education and have chosen the new Virtual Flex and MERIT Hybrid Learning styles of learning.
With successful completion of both Spanish I and Spanish II, you will complete all foreign language requirements. While at TCMS, you have the opportunity to earn credit to satisfy the requirement to study two years of foreign language at the high school. This accomplishment will have you ready to apply for study at a University. Plus, you'll have more freedom to choose electives once you reach high school. This is a great opportunity! Now is the time to give your best effort!
Beginning August 2021, select TCMS students will have the opportunity to study French I. French I is also a high-school accredited course. TCMS continues to offer more and more challenging opportunities for its students to prepare for successful futures.
When I'm not actively teaching at TCMS or involved in a project at my farm, I'm usually serving and ministering Internationally through the Ministry of Compassion To The Nations, Inc. or a local church. Spanish and Arabic speaking people groups are my primary focus Internationally for sharing the Good News of Jesus the Christ. Why? Jesus commands His disciples to "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
My faith in God is alive and active. Thus, I seek to live in obedience to the Word of God. As a follow of Christ, I'm a minister of reconciliation, and I have a responsibility to bring others to Jesus. Jesus alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one goes to God the Father except through Jesus the Christ.
We are surely going to have another great year of studying and learning and excelling in Thomas County!