Current title/school? Social Studies teacher at DAEP
What inspires you to work in Belton ISD? What I really enjoy about being at BISD DAEP is the fact that my environment allows me to teach students without them being surrounded by outside pressures. Students can learn here, and at times they even notice that they are attaining a better understanding of their subjects, topics, and overall learning. Students even begin to notice that they are capable of more than they originally thought.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself. I was born four miles from General Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage. I am also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.
What was a pivotal moment in your career? My first year teaching was at a charter school six years ago. I had to figure a lot out on my own about teaching, strategies and how to be flexible with the culture of a classroom. Luckily, I had a great mentor who taught me that it is OK if lessons and ideas do not go according to plan. Essentially, this attitude allowed me to be more flexible with how the students were feeling on a particular day. The pivotal moment was realizing that it is okay to adapt lessons, materials, and even paths toward the essential knowledge that you are trying to deliver to the students. Be flexible, understanding, and realize that it is the student’s education you are constructing.
Academics? Bachelor of Arts in History from Middle Tennessee State University
What is Meet BISD? Meet BISD is an online introduction to teachers, staff and administrators who are making a difference in the Big Red Community. Want to recommend someone to be introduced? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.