I "preach" lifelong learning to my students, and I hope that it's clear from my bio that I "practice" lifelong learning, too.
Raised in Schuylkill County, I am a Tamaqua Area graduate. Upon my graduation from Shippensburg University in 2005, I began working at Pine Grove Area HS as the 12th grade English teacher and also decided to immediately continue my degree work by obtaining a Master's degree from Ashford University in Teaching and Learning with Technology. I finished that degree in November of 2006 and ended my tenure at Pine Grove with the graduating class of 2010.
While at Pine Grove, I worked as the Student Council Advisor. Additionally, I had the opportunity to coach Varsity Soccer Cheerleading and Varsity Basketball cheerleading under the direction of Head Coach Jennifer Kunetz.
I began my tenure at Hamburg Area High School in August of 2010. Since starting at Hamburg as the 12th grade English teacher, I began work in a second Master's degree from Southern New Hampshire University in Curriculum and Instruction, which I completed in June of 2014.
At Hamburg, I am a member of the United Way Committee and a Ready, Set, Read! volunteer. I also serve on various professional committees throughout the year. I serve as a tech coach at the high school, as well as a virtual academy teacher for the high school.
At the county and state level, I have been granted many opportunities since working at Hamburg. To name just a few... At the county level, I have been asked to participate in the leadership series at the BCIU for the last two years, working with Jay McTighe and Jeanne Tribuzzi. At the state level, I served as a project writer for the Keystones for the PA Dept. of Education in 2014, which was an invaluable experience.
At the national level, I am a member of the National Council of the Teachers of English.