Educator with a passionate commitment to the intellectual and emotional growth of students and instructional capacity of teachers. Dedicated to creating classroom environments filled with engagement, encouragement, and high expectations. A well-traveled scholar with a strong education from a variety of universities, who enthusiastically introduces students to particulars of divers cultures and universals of the human condition through literature and composition, speaking, listening, and representation. A self-directed, action-oriented professional with more than 35 years' experience in education, publishing, and marketing, who currently leads and encourages a team of 15 English teachers who equip students with a robust mix of traditional and 21st-century knowledge and skills.
Specialties include teaching literature in historical context and contemporary relevance, process drama inquiry, digital integration, working with gifted learners, managing a writing center, integrating next-generation technology while upgrading best practices, and developing curriculum accordingly--all on a foundation of communications industry experience. Also, serving as building-level instructional coach of nearly 120 faculty with a focus on how to integrate technology with best practices in the high school classroom.
Research interests have focused on a range of topics including the efficacy of process drama in secondary instruction, school mindfulness, and leveraging department leadership. As an educator, the teaching of literature with particular interest in British and other non-American works in tandem with composition of multi-media reader response as well as formalist literary analysis define practice.
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