It is my personal goal to help parents and children to grow to their fullest academic potential. I have a very strong and solid background in teaching reading, struggling learners, and gifted students. Some may find it strange that teaching struggling learners is very similar to teaching gifted students. Both types of students have their own individual strengths and weaknesses. I not only love to learn, but I love teaching others to learn. It has always been my goal to help my students grow to their fullest potential by emphasizing their strengths to help overcome their weaknesses regardless of their academic level, low or high.
I have been teaching elementary school since 1995. At the beginning of my teaching career, I homeschooled two children for first and second grade. I was blessed to work for the family for two years traveling around the United States. I then taught in a private Christian Academy in first through fifth grade combined classes for three years. Since I had moved to another state for my first two teaching jobs, I moved back to Georgia due to missing my family and began my public education career.
I began my public teaching career in North Georgia by teaching Kindergarten and then moved to second grade in another county where I stayed for many years. When an opportunity presented itself to me to become a School Improvement Specialist, I accepted the challenge and enjoyed every minute training, teaching, and helping elementary teachers in all subject areas.
When I got married in 2007, we moved to South Georgia and I was hired as a Literacy Coach. After being away from teaching children for so long, I missed working directly with the students and decided to go back into the classroom as a second grade teacher. I then had the honor of being chosen to teach ELA advanced content gifted classes. The school system for which I taught created a full time Gifted Center (called G.E.A.R. which stands for Gifted Education with Academic Rigor) for third, fourth, and fifth grade gifted students.
In 2014, my husband was laid off from his job due to his company closing. Our family decided it was a good time to move back to North Georgia where were blessed to relocate to a suburb of Atlanta. I spent the next two years teaching fourth grade ELA and Social Studies and the third year at the same school teaching 4th and 5th ELA.
While teaching 4th grade ELA, I began seeing a need for quality tutoring services in the area. After two years of being unable to find a tutor to refer to parents who asked, I decided to open a tutoring business. After much prayer and planning, Coosa Valley Learning Center opened it's doors to the community in January 2018. It has been such a blessing to be a part of a rapidly growing community service business.
I am excited and amazed by the teaching opportunities God continues to open for me. At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, after much prayer and planning, I resigned from teaching 4th/5th grade ELA to offer my services to our local community. I homeschooled my daughter during the 2017-2018 school year for Kindergarten so I am also involved in our local homeschooling community.
Unfortunately, I was unable to make ends meet by keeping the center open and had to close the business in July 2018, after 7 amazing months of helping children!
In July 2018, I was hired to again teach gifted students and I am looking forward to many years serving the gifted community of learners.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (K-5) -Kennesaw State University
Master's Degree in Early Childhood (K-5) - Kennesaw State University
Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction - Piedmont College
Trained in Orton Gillingham
Learning Specialist Certificate
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