Objective: To develop strong, creative teachers who inform, inspire and transform the students in their classrooms.
Skills: Engaging and knowledgeable presenter.
Creative writing instruction for teachers and students
Curriculum and standards development
Mentoring of pre-service and early service teachers
Education: (BS. Ed, University of Kansas; MS Leadership, Kansas State University)
I am a retired teacher, mentor, and educational consultant with thirty-three years of classroom experience and curriculum development. Listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, I was the district nominee for the Kansas Teacher of the Year program and a “Shining Star.”(Peer nominated award) I have received regional awards such as the “Celebrate Literacy Award” from the Kansas Reading Association.
I am a frequent presenter for state and university educational conferences. I have been a trainer for Six Traits of Writing (Vicki Spandel) and Teacher Mentoring models. For eleven years, I have worked with over a thousand pre-service teachers, student teachers, and beginning teachers with an award-winning education partnership with the Kansas State University Professional Development School Partnership.
My presentations include:
When I Write, I Have the Ultimate Power(classroom presentations: The Life of a Writer, Becoming an Effective Writer, Using Just the Right Word, Writing Poetry, A Memorable Experience. (Most recently, October, 2014, Junction City Middle School, Junction City, Kansas. )
Mentoring New Teachers, Kansas Teacher of the Year Conference, 2011
Using the 6-Traits in the Classroom (Trademark, Great Source, Inc.) (District training, USD 475, Geary County Schools, Junction City, Kansas.)
Upcoming: Adult Writing Workshop, Manhattan, Kansas (Supported by Osher Education, The University of Kansas.)