Presenting at Service Learning Texas Institute

Presenting at the Service Learning Texas Institute San Antonio June 17, 2011



I’m well on my way to 30 years in the educational field. At this point in my career, I can proudly say that I’ve taught every grade level/age from pre-kindergarten to adults with the exception of kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade.

Originally, an elementary teacher from 1986 to 1995, I currently teach in the secondary setting, more specifically high school. I strongly believe that my elementary training assisted me in being a better secondary teacher. While English was my minor in college, my elementary training focused more on pedagogy, psychology of teaching, and the concept of teaching the whole person. I often feel I lack a deep understanding of teaching English, at the high school level, in particular, but I assuage my fears by reminding myself that I learn alongside the students.

My current educational heroes are Penny Kittle, Cris Tovani, Donalyn Miller, Stephen Krashen, and my fellow teachers, both those with whom I  teach today and those with whom I taught in the past. To stay current on educational issues and possibilities, I follow many other educators who blog. Teaching in a rural setting has huge advantages, but professional development often proves difficult to obtain. Fortunately, the internet serves as a platform by which I am able to connect, learn, and grow.

My first post explains my “mining” analogy. While you couldn’t convince me to spelunk in a real cavern, I love my educational “cavern” in which I may mine the jewels within my students’ minds.


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