Playing "school" was one of my favorite activities when I was a little girl. I remember my excitement when my parents bought me my first chalkboard. (This was several years before Smart Boards.) After "real" school, I would rush home and begin writing lessons on my little chalkboard. I talked to my imaginary students. I created assignments, tests, and quizzes for them. I even went so far as disciplining and rewarding them. My mom must have had a good laugh at how seriously I took my roleplaying.I guess you could say that teaching has always been a passion of mine.I was born and raised in Reedsville, West Virginia. A few of my favorite things include: yoga, live music, autumn, coffee, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education from West Virginia University, I moved to western North Carolina to begin my teaching career. For four years, I taught English 9, 10, 11 and a communication skills course at East Burke High School. I moved to Loudoun County in 2002 and have been teaching English at PFHS ever since. In 2013, I earned a Master of Education degree from George Mason University, specializing in the Integration of Technology in Schools. I currently teach English 9 Academic and English 11 Honors. I have taught English 11 for Virtual Loudoun as well. I also sponsor the Lights, Cameras, Action Club.As I begin my 22nd year of teaching, I am reminded of how blessed I am to work with young people. Each day is an adventure for me, and it is deeply fulfilling to watch my students grow into stronger readers, writers, and thinkers.