8th grade English, Creative Writing, and 7th grade Social Studies



     I have been teaching in Memphis Community Schools for fourteen years, five of those at the high school and now I am beginning my fifteenth year at the junior high. Mostly I have taught all English classes, but I am certified to teach History, so I have also taught 7th grade History, 9th grade World History as well as an occasional Current Events or World Issues course.


    Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a not so secret love and passion for books. I have always enjoyed reading, and I love sharing that passion with my students. You want to get me started on a long and animated conversation? Get me talking about books! 


    On a more personal note, my favorite things in life happen to be: travel, the beach (better yet, reading on the beach), my family, Diet Coke (ask my students), & sarcasm. I have a quirky sense of humor and LOVE a good pun. Put those two together and it will make sense to you that while I enjoy Shakespeare's wit, I also appreciate and delight in movies such as Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Spinal Tap and Napoleon Dynamite. I have an eclectic and sometimes contradictory personality. I SO love romantic novels such as Wuthering Heights, Gone With the Wind, and Jane Eyre; however, I often am seen as a cynical realist. Considering most of those books do not have happy endings, maybe I am not as complex as I thought!


    I wouldn't say that History is my second love. I feel that it is necessary to know and understand the historical time period in which a novel was written or takes place. I often include a historical background lesson before teaching any novel. I am fascinated by History and enjoy reading Non-Fiction also, so I have one Fiction and one Non-Fiction book going at all times in my house. 


    I am looking forward to having a great school year! Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns that you may have throughout the school year.


Supplies List
  1. Text Book
  2. Paper
  3. Binder 
  4. Pencil and Pen
  5. Brain