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Subjects Taught
American Literature/Composition, Journalism I, Journalism II, Journalism III, World Literature/Composition (Honors)


I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in English Education. In 1998 I was certified to teach Pacesetter English, a class created by the College Board, and I also enrolled in graduate courses at the University of West Georgia. I obtained my gifted certification in 2000.


I began my teaching career in 1994 at Lithia Springs High School in Douglas County,  Georgia. There I taught 9th and 10th Grade Literature, British Literature, and World Literature, and I served as the yearbook sponsor. In 1999, I moved to Chapel Hill High School, also in Douglas County, where I taught Honors 9th and 11th Grade Literature, Applied Literature and Composition, Pacesetter English, and I also served as the English department chair.

I moved to Central High School in 2005. I currently teach 10th grade literature (college prep and honors), American Literature, and I am also the yearbook sponsor. The 2017-2018 school year marks my 24th year teaching high school English.


Though I did not aspire to be a teacher as a child, I was blessed with excellent tachers along my education journey. I began college as a journalism major, but the influence of my high school English teachers was strong! I changed my major to English before finally moving to English Education. I felt that being a teacher would allow me to make a difference. What I didn't plan on was the fact that my students have made a difference in me. I love working with high school students, and I couldn't imagine doing anything else.


When I am not teaching at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband Chris and our two sons, Drew and Will. We are all members of the Lion Pride!