Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. English/Adolescent-Young Adult Education (John Carroll University) M.A. English Literature (Cleveland State University) Level 2 Google Certified Educator New Tech Network Certified Teacher and Trainer
Hello! I am so excited to be starting my fifth year at Hudson High School! I came to Hudson in 2016 after teaching for four years at Cleveland Heights High School. I look forward to sharing with your student my passion for teaching and learning, my enthusiasm about all things literature, as well as much experience working with diverse learners and the integration of technology into instruction.
I realized my passion for teaching at a young age when my friends and I would play "school" in my backyard...I always had to be the teacher! I was fortunate to have a plethora of passionate teachers throughout my schooling, and now I aspire to inspire my students just as they inspired me. I believe that all students can be successful, though it does not all happen in the same way or on the same day, which is why I seek to build a classroom community that allows for all learners to be appropriately challenged at all times and to work toward our learning objectives at their own pace. I love utilizing project-based learning initiatives with my students, as it helps me to teach what I have come to call "life through literature," that is, the practical application of our English content to college, careers, and where ever life takes them after high school. In our classroom, students are not just reading, speaking, and writing; but rather they are becoming creators of content, agents of change, advocates for what they believe in, and human beings who know their value and worth.
In addition to teaching English at Hudson, I am also the head girls cross country coach and an assistant track coach.
I received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Adolescent-Young Adult Education from John Carroll University and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Cleveland State University. I am also a Level 2 Google Certified Educator, I just got certified as an Apple Tecaher this summer, and I am a New Tech Network Certified Teacher and Trainer.
Outside of school, I love to spend time with my husband, Andy, who is also a teacher. We have a sweet doggy named Perry, who provides us with tons of entertainment and who ensures we get tons of exercise. I also enjoy reading (of course!), traveling, running (I ran cross country and track all the way through high school and college and now I coach), and trying to replicate craft projects from my many Pinterest boards.