I am delighted to be teaching your children here at Riverside Middle School. I have been here at Riverside since the school opened in 1999 have taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade social studies.
In addition to graduate work in Social Studies, I have completed graduate work in Reading, Counseling, and Special Education. I am also a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent Social Studies and History and hold a Master's Degree from Furman University in Midlevel Social Studies. I also have earned Gifted and Talented endorsement.
During the summer of 2005 I spent three weeks traveling in China and Japan with The South Carolina Center for Teaching Asia. This was an amazing experience that I enjoy sharing with my students. The Summer of 2006 I was chosen to be a part of Furman University's Teachers of Government class. We spent a week with the Political Science Department at Furman and then a week in Washington DC that I also enjoyed.
I was fortunate to be selected by the Goethe Institute in 2007 to travel with fellow teachers throughout Germany. We visited Berlin, Hamburg, Schwerin, Kassel, Frankfurt, and Heidelburg. An experience I am looking forward to sharing with my students this year.
In 2006 I was honored to be selected as the South Carolina Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year and in 2007 was selected as the National Council for the Social Studies National Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the year. I am currently serving on the National Council for Social Studies National Conference Committee and as the Middle School representative for the South Carolina Council for Social Studies. I also worked with the South Carolina Department of Education (Social Studies) and with a committee of 19 social studies teachers from across the state to review and revise the state Social Studies Standards.
At Riverside I sponsor the Model United Nations, and Greenville Remembers. I am honored to have been Riverside Middle's 2010-2011 Teacher of the year and to have been selected as one of Greenville County's Top Ten Teachers of the Year.