Teacher, Language Arts Department, Parkview High School, Lilburn, GA, 2005-2012.
Taught Gifted, Honors, and College Prep World Literature.
Parkview is a very culturally diverse school, made a choice to teach World Literature to round off teaching career.
Consequently, learned about African, Arabic, Greek, Indian, even Icelandic literature, from students who speak many languages. Poetry/Jazz Coffee House, Creative Writing Club, and Scrabble Club Sponsor.
Teacher, Gifted and Language Arts Departments, Northview High School, Duluth, GA, 2002-2005.
Taught Advanced Placement Language and Composition (97% passage rate), Academic Juniors, Gifted Sophomore Language Arts classes— along with designing and teaching such Talented and Gifted seminars as “College Bound,” “Creativity Workshop,” “Screenwriter’s Workshop,” and “The Shakerag Project” (storytelling festival and local oral history webpage).
Founding co-advisor on student newspaper, winner of two “Superiors”— top ranking from the Georgia Scholastic Press Association—unprecedented for a new publication.
Staged “Northview Film and Video Festival”—involving participation from nine area schools—along with screenings, film scholarship awards, and seminars with professionals.
Produced popular poetry coffeehouse series, “Expresso Yourslf.”
Chosen to represent TAG (Talented and Gifted) Department to SACS Review Committee, 2004.
Teacher for five years in “Students Reviewers Circle” funded by Arthur Blank Foundation.
Sponsor Northview Beta Club with 400 members and raised more than three thousand dollars for MS, among other projects.
Finalist “Teacher of the Year,” 2002.
Taught at every middle-school and secondary level-- from Eighth-Grade Technical to Senior Advanced Placement Literature.
Teacher, Language Arts, North Gwinnett High School, Suwanee, GA, 1995-2002.
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition (92-98% passage rate),Gifted Sophomores and Juniors,College Prep Sophomores and Juniors.
Staged 1996 “Celebration of the Arts” for North Gwinnett cluster schools.
Founded and served as advisor for North Gwinnett’s first literary magazine, ranked as “Excellent” by the National Council of Teachers of English 1998-2000 and “First Place” in 1998 and 1999 from the American Scholastic Press Association.
Staged monthly poetry series, “Chew the Bean,” featuring professional poets and musicians.
Taught in-service course “Writing for Success” for Gwinnett Language Arts teachers.
Three summers teaching Elementary Teachers in GCPS’s “Arts Connect” Program.
GCPS Advanced Placement Gateway Exam Committee.
Language Arts Text Adoption and Trainer of Language Arts teachers on new texts.
Committee for Gateway Instructional Guide and Gateway Scorer; contracted individually by the University of Georgia to Proofread Gateway Exams, 1999.
Twice finalist for NGHS “Teacher of the Year,” 1996 and 1997.
Half-time Teacher, Language Arts, Berkmar High School, Lilburn, GA, 1990-1991, 2006.
College-Prep Freshman, Junior, and Senior English. Teacher, Language Arts.
Blackshear Junior High School, Pierce County, GA, 1979-1981.
Eighth-Grade Academic and Honors English Grammar and Composition.
Sponsored student newspaper and drama productions.
Chosen to develop Individual Advisement System for Pierce County, Georgia.