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Education
  • Bachelors in History, English, Creative Writing, and Publishing from UNC Wilmington (2009)
  • Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from USC Columbia (2013)
  • Masters in Secondary Education from UNC Wilmington (2015)


Experience

I previously taught for three and a half years as an adjunct instructor at USC Columbia in the English department, and every summer (between semesters) I taught courses on reading development and study skills for students of all ages in the Columbia area. Following this I taught high school in Leland, NC before moving back to SC. The 2017-2018 school year is my third year at GHS.



Bio

While I was born in a very small town in lower Alabama, I mostly grew up in an only moderately small town in Southwestern Connecticut. After graduating high school, I moved back south to attend college at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where I quadruple majored in history, English, creative writing, and publishing. I went on to obtain my first master's degree (an MFA in creative writing) from USC Columbia in 2013, and while living in Columbia I also taught at USC as an adjunct instructor with the English department. At USC I taught courses on rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. Although I greatly enjoyed teaching at the college level, I began to feel like I was getting to know my students too late and like I could have done them more good if I'd only gotten to teach them before they'd (mostly) learned to hate reading and English. After deciding to make the change to high school teaching, I obtained my second master's degree (an MAT in secondary education) from UNC Wilmington in spring of 2015, and while working on this degree I taught at a high school in Leland, NC. My husband and I are currently fixing up a 1940s Cape Cod in Conway, SC, and every morning I get to enjoy seeing the sun rise over the marshes while driving south to Georgetown.