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1996 M.A. in English, The Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, VT
1983 B.S. in Fine Art, East TX State University, Commerce, TX
1977 High school diploma, highest honors, Hattiesburg High, Hattiesburg, MS
Additional graduate courses taken from the University of Southern Mississippi (school law, 2006) and William Carey College (gifted courses, 1998-99)

1990-present Teacher, Sumrall High School, Sumrall, MS
High school Visual Arts I, II, and III (2011-present), 21st Century Schools English tutor after school (2014-16), High school English (2008-2011), High school public speaking/mythology (2004-07),11th grade English Language Arts (2003-05), Introduction to Fine Arts/art history (2000-05), 8th grade English Language Arts (1990-2003), creative writing (4 years), advisor, yearbook for 6 years (1991-96), advisor, junior high newsletter/online web site (2001-03)
1998-2003 Consultant, Mississippi Dept. of Education, Office of Educational Tech.
2000-2003 Member, Exemplary Teachers’ Professional Trainers (TeachNett Teachers) and Phase II Technology Workshop Trainer
1997-2001 Adjunct English Instructor, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS; Courses: Eng. 418-518: Adolescent Literature (3 semesters), Eng. 490: Writing Composition Theory (2 semesters), Eng. 333: Technical Writing (5 semesters, 1 online), Eng. 301: Contemporary Grammar (1 semester)
1989-90 Teacher, Perry Central High School, New Augusta, MS
Senior English, Junior English, yearbook advisor, senior class sponsor


* Current National Board Certified Teacher Originally earned Nov. 2000 in Early Adolescence/English Language Arts, recertified in 2007; good through Nov. 2020

*2005-16 National Writing Project annual Scoring Conferences in Denver (5 years) and Chicago (4 years), table leader 5x, scorer 4x.

*2005-06, 2000-01, 1997-98 Who’s Who in America’s Teachers (nominated by exemplary students)
*2006-07 Lamar County School District 21st Century Schools Redesign Advisor/Advisee Committee member, part of a grant from Cisco Corp.
* 1992-present Teacher consultant for the South MS Writing Project, USM; includes presenting at workshops such as the USM Reading Conference (July, 2006); and StartWrite and EndWrite (2005, 2006)
* 2002-06 NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress, “The Nation's Report Card”) Reading Committee member, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ and Washington, D.C.
* 2004-08 South Mississippi Writing Project Advisory Board, SMWP Writing as Art and Craft
* 2004-10 Mississippi Writing Assessment researcher w/ Sherry Swain and Dick Graves (National Writing Project) co-leaders
* 2004-05 Standards-Based Teacher Education Project (STEP) English Committee member, Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
* 2002-13 NEA member, Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE) State Legislative Agenda Committee secretary and Board Member, and President of the Lamar County Association of Educators
* 2003-04 Lamar County Schools Technology Planning Committee
* 2002, summer Students at the Center Writing Workshop technology integration specialist, New Orleans Public Schools, New Orleans, LA, Jim Randels, director
* 2000, 2002 PT3 (Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers for technology) Tech Mentor teacher for two University of Southern Mississippi teacher candidates
*2001-03 Bread Loaf School of English online conference MS state moderator
* Received the 2001 Mississippi Power Alan R. Barton Excellence in Teaching Award
* 2001 Measurement Team for LCSD’s Long-range Strategic Planning Committee; created assessment tools/rubrics for strategic objectives
* April 27, 2000 Panel discussion at the AERA conference in New Orleans, title of discussion: “Curriculum for the New Millennium”
* June 8-9, 1999 Presented “Using the Technology Guide to the Reading Intervention Resource Supplement for Grades 4-8,” developed by MDE
* January 27, 1999 Presented: “Beyond the Classroom Walls: Middle School/University Collaborative Projects”
* October 12, 1998 Presented “Beyond the Classroom Walls” at the MS Association of School Administrators meeting in Jackson, MS
* 1997 Lamar County School District Teacher of the Year
* 1997 Delta Kappa Gamma Woman of Distinction
* 1994-04 Supervised eight student teachers for the English Dept. and one for the Elementary Ed. Dept. at the Univ. of Southern Mississippi
* 1993, 1994, 1995 Received $18,000 DeWitt Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund Fellowships for the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College
* 1995-96 $47,000 grant Goals 2000 program, MDE, for classroom technology to collaborate with pre-service USM English teachers
* 1994, 1995, 1996 Presented at MCTE state conventions in Jackson, MS: 1996-(1) “Connections: Expanding the Community of Learners Beyond the Classroom Walls” with Dr. Susan Malone of USM (2) “Cyber Classrooms: What Teachers Can Do with the Internet” with Sharon Ladner; 1995 (1) “Integrating Grammar into the Teaching of Writing” with Jeanne Ezell of USM (2) “Using Computer Networks”; 1994- (1) “Writing and Reading Together: Using the Atwell Writing/Reading Workshop Approach” with Jeanne Wells Cook, MDE Lang. Arts Specialist; others
*Member, attended the Mississippi Educational Computing Association (MECA) convention for six years.
*2002 (Atlanta), 1998 (Nashville) Attended annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (member for ten years)
*Publications: two articles for the Bread Loaf Rural Teacher Network Magazine and one for Mississippi Council of Teachers of English