Centennial High School
Senior Honors English
Champaign Community School District #4
I have been in education for over 25 years. During that time I have taught
in elementary, middle school, and high school settings. In addition, I
have worked with Teacher Professional development in the areas of writing,
technology, and now, reading.
I have had the opportunity to look at education from a variety of perspectives.
I have been a central office administrator, a building principal, and consultant
on standards at the Illinois State Board of Education.
Growing up in a large family--I have four brothers and four sisters--prepared
me for working with a variety of personalities. People who know me well
describe me as loyal, inquisitive, and accomodating. My husband and son
know how dedicated I am to my profession and respect my commitment.
I enjoy learning, especiallly its ambiguous quality. As a teacher,
I marvel at the whole learning process.
My Guiding Principles
My educational and professional objectives are organized around my
perception of myself as a life-long learner. In order to meet my responsibility
to teach well, I must continue to develop my knowledge base. Rather than
view my students as students of English, I view them as students of learning.
As a professional educator for over twenty-five years, I also want to support
new and veteran teachers in their efforts to create informed, authentic,
and learner-centered curriculum and instruction.
I am fortunate that my content area, English, provides a rich venue
for inquiry-based experiences. Structuring experiences for students in
my classroom that develop a sense of efficacy and confidence in their ability
to guide their own learning is important to me.
I want to continue to explore the influence that technology has in informing
learners of effective strategies for learning. Thus far, I have seen students
who have not seen themselves as writers and thinkers adjust their perceptions
as they use technology to complete research-based explorations in reading,
writing, thinking, viewing, and sharing their discoveries within the English
Teaching and learning create a layer of self-knowledge that encourages
political action to change the ways in which I as a teacher and learner
choose to perceive my role in the larger educational community. I see participation
in the Master of Education program in Curriculum, Technology, and Education
Reform providing a framework that addresses my desire to keep current in
the art and craft of teaching, to integrate technology in teaching and
learning, and to apply my new learning to assist students and teachers
in becoming confident and critical learners.
My Curricular Hot List
The links that I have on my
course pagewould help most students of English.
My Activity Summary Pages Link
Course Activity Three: Proposal
Course Activity Four: Computer
Course Activity Five: Critically
Reading the Web
Course Activity Six: Open
Course Activity Seven: Exploring
Course Activity Eight: History
Course Activity Nine: Literacies
Course Activity Ten: Access
Course Activity Eleven: Policy (no assignment)
Course Activity Twelve: Evaluation
Course Activity Thirteen:Final
Course Activity Fourteen: Reflections