In May of 1989, I graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree with teaching certification in Elementary/Early Childhood Education. During the summer of 1989, I began a graduate program at California University in Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped Education.
In August of 1989, I was hired by the Preston County Schools in Kingwood, West Virginia. My first official assignment was teaching grades four through six remedial reading. During my second year of teaching, I represented Preston County as Reading Teacher of the Year and became honored as one of the top ten finalists for the state of West Virginia in November of 1990 at the famous Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.
I taught students with reading limitations for four complete years with the Preston County Schools. Throughout those years, I secured my first master’s degree in Education with the additional teaching certification Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped.
In August of 1993, the Chartiers Houston School District hired me to teach primary learning support and the talented/gifted. It was during the 1993-1994 school year that the Jefferson-Morgan School District hired me as a middle/high school learning support teacher where I taught for three years.
During the 1996-1997 school year is when I transferred from the middle/high school to the elementary school to teach first grade. The eleven years that I taught first grade were absolutely phenomenal. Teaching students to love reading and to think critically were the best parts of teaching first grade. The readers’ theaters, robust vocabulary lessons, and the authentic Ireland unit are activities that also rank highly in my book!
Work on my second master’s degree began in 2000 and was completed at California University of Pennsylvania in December of 2003. I received a Master of Science in Multi-Media Technology. I have taught Micro-Computer Concepts as an adjunct faculty member for Westmoreland County Community College. After eighteen years of night and summer classes, I decided it was time to spend more time with my family and friends.
Since 2007, my role as Early Childhood Coordinator has been fascinating and fulfilling. Working with students, parents, teachers, early childhood agencies, and grants make for a busy, yet exciting position.
For the past few years, I have been the elementary gifted coordinator; however, this year my role has expanded to the district gifted coordinator PK-12 in conjunction with E.C. Coordinator.
I am proud to say that I love working in the Jefferson-Morgan School District. The community, students, teachers, administration, board of directors, and staff are tremendous and strive for what is best for our students.