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

Staff development

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.

Professional Associations:

The National Education Association

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

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.)

Blog Links:

Teaching: How Could You Stand It?

Let a Child Know: You Are Limitless!

Words of Wonder

Because I Have Something to Say

Don’t Tell Me I’m A Loser




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