I am a career educator with 17 years of experience teaching at the elementary level, high school and college in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. I have a Bachelor of Arts from ETSU with a dual major in English and Spanish, and was one of the first of two to graduate from the university’s English Honors-in-Discipline program in 2001. In 2003 I earned my Master’s Degree in English from ETSU. While in the MA program, I was hired by the TN Department of Education to coordinate ETSU's Migrant Education Program for Greene, Unicoi and Washington County, a position I held until 2004. Inspired by what I saw occurring in classrooms across the region, I enrolled in Milligan College’s Secondary Ed preparation program and completed initial secondary education licensure requirements in 2005. In 2012 I was nominated for and won Teacher of the Year at Nags Head Elementary School in Dare County, North vCarolina. This distinction, given the year I experienced a shift in pedagogy to Comprehensible Input and teaching for acquisition, inspired my current style of classroom instruction.
In addition to my passion for languages and academics, I also harbor a love for the arts. I currently operate my own repurposed clothing and home goods business under the name Essayer Designs. I live in North Greene county with my husband and four children on a 300 acre horse and cattle ranch.