I am a veteran teacher of more than 30 years, and have just completed my 25th year at KSD. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Education for the Deaf/HH (K - 12th grades) and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education (K - 8th grades) from Eastern Kentucky University in 1982. I went on to the University of Louisville where I got my Master's Degree in Special Education (non-certified, LBD/EMH concentration) in 1986. I began my teaching career in 1982 by teaching six years in the New Albany, Indiana school system with a Deaf/HH class of elementary age students. I moved to Danville, Kentucky in 1988 where I have worked at the Kentucky School for the Deaf ever since. My years of teaching at KSD have been in the Middle School and Elementary Departments, mostly working with 4th and 5th grade students. My area of expertise lies in teaching Writing, Reading and Social Studies with extensive professional development in all of those content areas. During the course of the past 10 years, I have been a Writing Cluster Leader and have served on the English/Language Arts Network Team with other teachers across the state of KY. I currently teach Intermediate Grades at KSD, facilitate a Drama Club after school for the Elementary Department and am a member of KSD's Site-based Council.
In the years 2001 - 2003, I participated in the Star Schools Project training (now called CAEBER -- Center for ASL/English Bilingual Educational Research at Gallaudet University) with intense professional development in ASL/English bilingual methods of teaching. The training took place at the New Mexico School for the Deaf in collaboration with other deaf educators and professionals across the nation. As a result of that training, I partnered with another KSD colleague over a period of six years to provide the same professional development to several KSD employees, including Instructional, Outreach, and Student Life Staff. I am very proud to be a part of the KSD community and an educator in the field of deaf education.
I am married and have three grown children. My interests include reading historical fiction, needlework and watching soccer.