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Education

 

Ed.S. Educational Leadership

Georgia College and State University; Milledgeville, GA August 2015

 

Ed.S. Curriculum and Instruction, Middle Grades concentration 

Georgia College and State University; Milledgeville, GA 2014

  

M. A. Education, specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language

Oral Roberts University; Tulsa, OK 2000

 

B.S. Speech Pathology and Audiology

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; Edwardsville, IL 1990

Certifications

ESOL (P-12)

Educational Leadership, Tier II

Early Childhood

Middle Grades (4-8) Reading 

Middle Grades (4-8) Math

Middle Grades (4-8) Science

Middle Grades (4-8) Social Studies

Other

Diploma - Children's Ministry

RHEMA Bible Training Center; Broken Arrow, OK 1998



Experience

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Teacher

Houston County Schools; Warner Robins, Georgia

2002 - 2007; 2008 – present

Duties: Follow "pull-out" and "push-in" models to provide language support of content in mainstream classroom through small group instruction (listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English), of Middle (6-8) and Elementary (K-5) students; conduct professional learning sessions district-wide; coordinate and conduct school-wide sessions for multilingual families of ESOL students; coordinate and facilitate cultural celebrations school-wide; assess ESOL students; assist Administration on Curriculum Integration Specialist (CIS) team; assist Administration on Better Seeking Team (BST); assist Counselor on Advisory Board and with Career Day; sponsor Miller Elementary's 1st-ever multicultural club, The Culture Connection


Reading/English Language Arts Teacher, 8th Grade

Bibb County School District; Macon, Georgia

August 2007 - June 2008

Duties: Instruct 8th grade students in Reading/English Language Arts; ELA Chairperson-work with Coordinator and School Administration to assist 6-8th Reading/ELA teachers in educating students


English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher

Hazelwood School District; Hazelwood, Missouri

August 2000 – May 2001

Duties: Follow "push-in" model to provide language support of content in mainstream classroom through small group instruction (listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English) of Elementary (K-5) students; develop curriculum; assess students


English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher

Cooperating School Districts; Creve Coeur, Missouri

January 2000 – June 2000

Duties: Teach K-12 ESL students; plan and coordinate itinerant schedules


English as a Second Language (ESL) Teaching Assistant

Parkway School District; Chesterfield, Missouri

September 1999 – January 2000

Duties: Shadow ESL High School students; monitor student study sessions; assist ESL teaching staff


English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher

University Language Institute (ULI); Tulsa, Oklahoma

July 1999 – August 1999

Duties: Teach Reading, Writing, Grammar, and Survival Skills classes to adult ESL students



Bio

My life was and is diverse. I was born on April 3rd in St. Louis, Missouri. As a child, I loved to read, write, and play piano. As an 8th grader, I was selected to be an Honorary Page for a Day in Jefferson City, Missouri.  In high school, I wrote for the school newspaper, sang and played piano for the choirs and Masses, took Spanish for all 4 years, and was Spanish Club President and member of the Pom Pon Squad. In addition, I was in Who's Who Among American High School Students for all 4 years of my high school experience.  Also, I participated in the Pre-College and College Components with INROADS/St. Louis.  In college, I was selected as a participant in the Governor's Leadership Forum for Missouri under the leadership of then Missouri Governor John Ashcroft.

For 17 years now, I have taught K-12, adult English Language Learners, and general education students. I was a 2012-2014 Executive Board Member for Georgia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (GATESOL).  My time with Georgia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (GATESOL) has been of a volunteer in various positions: President (2017-2018), 1st Vice-President (2016-2017), Conference Chair for the 2017 GATESOL Conference, Regional Liaison (Regions 8, 9, & 12), Secretary (2015-2016), and Program Chair for the 2016 GATESOL Conference. GATESOL selected me as a delegate to attend the 2016, 2017, & 2018 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summits in Alexandria, Virginia.  I was selected as the Local Co-Chair for the 2019 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo and a Reviewer of the session proposals. I have been a Soccer Coach of the K4/5 & 1st/2nd Boys team for Upward with Central Baptist Church.  Also I serve as an Association Representative for Georgia Association of Educators (GAE). Furthermore, I am an Alum of the 2016 Leadership Robins Region class, a member of TESOL International Association, and a proud Lifetime Member of Phi Kappa Phi.

I am married and have 2 wonderful children, Roxanna and Kendall. In my spare time, I enjoy speaking Spanish, learning about cultures of the world, and listening to various musical genres. Diversity is my life; diversity is me. 

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