Mrs. Pittman's Classroom
I believe that making real-world connections is what makes learning relevant, and building relationships is what makes students passionate about school and life. My goal as a teacher is to bring my life experiences into my classroom to help students explore the world, preparing them for life beyond the walls of high school.
Although English was not nearly my favorite subject in high school (I graduated from Smithfield Selma High in 1991), I have found an honest love of literature and writing. Reading is a great way to escape the stress of life for a short time, explore new places, and find out the tremendous things that are happening in our ever changing world.
I am constantly working on my craft as a writer. I enjoy scholarly and analytical writing (and I think it is crucial for me to practice what I teach), but my real love is humor. Writing funny stories has become a way for me to cope with life and to leave a legacy to my children. I first started seriously writing humor when I was pregnant with twins. Hopefully they will find it as funny as I do.
On January 1, I celebrated my 13th wedding anniversary with my husband Blue, a former teacher and baseball coach from R-S Central and now a successful real estate broker. We have two amazing little girls who will turn 9 in March (they were born on Friday the 13th!) -- Sophie and Mia, third graders at Rutherfordton Elementary and competitive dancers at our local DANCIN' STARS STUDIO. We love to travel - especially to sporting events. My husband is a big Indianapolis Colts fan, and I am a HUGE Carolina Tar Heels fan. We try to make it to Chapel Hill to watch some basketball occasionally (I have been to the Final Four to watch my Heels and was at the National Championship game two years ago!) We love Boston and try to visit Fenway Park when there (home of the Red Sox!). My favorite city, however, is New York, where I lived and worked for several years after graduate school. The Big Apple gave me the great opportunity to work in big city theater as an actor and director, as well as teach at two prestigious colleges: New York University and Rutgers University. I enjoy going to visit and taking folks there to discover some of the truly great treasures of our nation.
National Board Certified Teacher of Secondary English (2007 and 2017)
NC Teach Certification, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2004)
Master of Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1997)
Bachelor of Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1995)