Welcome to my teacher homepage! I am a Byrnes alumna and a graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate. I am also currently in the final stages of completing a graduate degree through Converse College in Advanced Studies in English & Gifted Education. This will be my 15th year at Byrnes, and I am still happy to be teaching at "home" as a life-long rebel! I truly consider it a privilege to teach at one of the finest schools in South Carolina. During the fall semester of 2016, I will be teaching Honors English II and Honors English IV. Additionally, I am the co-chair of the graduation committee and serve as one of the two senior sponsors guiding our seniors to commencement in May.
Outside of the classroom, I am a mother of two that spends much her time taxiing girls to dance class, tumbling lessons, and softball games several times a week! My daughter Jenna is twelve and Kara is nine, and they are without a doubt the light of my life! As a family, my husband Jon and I enjoy traveling with our girls on family trips during the summer months and spending quality time together throughout the year. I am an avid reader and enjoy reading a wide range of authors and genres. My all-time favorite author is Pat Conroy, a true master of the pen. My favorite novel to teach is Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird because I believe that it is a story of timeless lessons from which all people should benefit.
I strive yearly and daily to teach a deeply enriching English course that strikes a strong balance in both literature and composition while providing students with both a practical application of our content and an opportunity for individual advancement through a challenging curriculum.