ELA 8 and English 1 Honors

Welcome to my class page!  I teach 8th grade ELA and English 1 Honors.  This is my first year at The Academy, and as a former Busbee Bulldog, I am very excited to be part of the team here!  I am a native of Cayce, and attended Claude A. Taylor, Busbee Middle, and BC High School.
I graduated from The University of South Carolina with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on English Language & Literature and Secondary Education.  After a short stint teaching high school English in private school, I earned certification through the SC Program of Alternative Certification for Educators.  I began teaching in public school 6 years ago at Northside Middle School, where I taught Creative Writing to grades six, seven, and eight, and ELA to seventh graders.  During that time, I earned both a Masters of Education from Columbia College and Gifted and Talented Endorsement from The University of South Carolina-Aiken.  I spent one year teaching English at Rainbow Lake Middle School in Spartanburg Two before returning "home" this year and joining the 8th grade team at The Academy.  
I am excited and blessed to work in a community, district, and school where the needs and best interests of our students drive everything we do.  Our students will only benefit from educators who collaborate daily to create the most effective learning environment and provide engaging and meaningful learning opportunities to prepare them for high school and beyond.