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A Little Bit About Me

I was born and raised in Knoxville, TN (Go Big Orange!), but now reside north of Atlanta, GA. I have advanced degrees in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, as well as in Teacher Leadership. I have my Gifted Endorsement, On-Line Teaching endorsement, and certification for Administrative Leadership. I am certified to teach K-8 (middle grades social studies, ELA, and science). I have the most supportive and loving husband in the world, who is a high school Social Studies teacher and football coach. We have 3 beautiful children, who I think are God's best gift to us. We are an active, sports-loving family who LOVES to spend time together outdoors, traveling and exploring. We love deciding where our next adventure will take us!

During my 17 years (wowzers!!!!) as an educator, I taught grades K-6 as either a classroom teacher, Title I/EIP teacher, Curriculum/Instructional Coach, and Enrichment teacher. Because I have worked with students in elementary and middle school, I feel very comfortable with the curriculum and rigor expected of numerous grade levels. After taking a year off from teaching to heal from back surgery, I took a job in middle school. I NEVER thought I would want to actually teach middle schoolers. Oh, how I was wrong! I {puffy heart} middle school. And I even {bigger puffy heart} love teaching social studies! You would have to drag me kicking and screaming back to elementary. I absolutely love teaching and creating educational resources. I am also offering FREE webinars. You can check my current offerings {HERE}. I would LOVE to have you join me!

Not only do I blog here, but I am also a contributor on 2 blogs: In the Middle (perfect for you middle school teachers out there!) and Primary Chalkboard (we focus on grades K-6). I would love for you to visit me and the other collaborators over there, and then check out all their individual pages!

In the Middle



  1. Glad I came across your blog! I am a first grade teacher in Knoxville. GO VOLS! :)

    Fervent First Grade Frenzy

  2. can u please email me struggling with sons summer math homework was hoping to purchase answer keys to help us both! dawn