I am a force of nature; woman of honor; seer of nuance; ultra runner and ultra reader; keeper of the little red doors, and an accidental inspirationalist who writes.
The Storyteller Magazine
The Ninja Writers Monthly
“My Almost Secret Writing Life” is published in the I Wrote it Anyway anthology
I am a reading advocate, a presenter, a coach, a teacher, a wife, a mother, a step-mother, and a person always on a mission to live better and learn better. I want to inspire other people and to continue to create. (Need help? See note below!)
Currently, my day job is a Curriculum Coach at a 7-8 Middle School. This is my 23rd year in education.
My undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education from Ball State University. I have my Masters in Teacher Leadership from the University of Phoenix. I have taught from K-8 and have coached K-12 in various school systems in Indiana. Most of those years I was a reading specialist.
One of my favorite jobs was TAP Master Teacher.
I have training in 6+ 1 Writing traits, Teach Like A Champion, TAP, Singapore Math, Core Knowledge, the Baldridge Model, and various other programs and frameworks. I have been honored to work for schools that have won National and State awards and have presented about these programs at State and National conferences. I was the Allen Group Teacher of Excellence for October 2015.
I have presented at the ICE conference and ISRA several times.
+Stoking the Fires of Young Writers
+Powerpoint Books to Supplement Instruction
+Get Ready! Get Set! READ!
I present on best instructional practices twice a month.
In my spare time, I am a writer, a reader, and a runner. I typically read three books at a time. I have raced in distances from 5K to 50 miles. I enjoy spending time with my husband and my 4 children.
I believe reading is the gateway to all learning. If you are reluctant to read I feel you haven’t found the right book yet! I can help you find what you love or possibly write it for you!
Contact me if you want help with achieving personal or professional goals or need a speaker for an event.