• What a year it's been at Fall Branch! Despite the complications presented by the closure of schools due to COVID-19, I'm here for students as they prepare to enter the next school year. This past year, I taught 7th ELA and 6th-7th-8th Social Studies. We covered everything from Ancient Mesopotamia to the American Revolutionary War - and created some amazing writers in the process. I believe Social Studies should be relevant to students' lives - not just memorization of names and dates. Success in Social Studies gives us the ability to understand the complex world around us.

    A little about me: I was born in SW Virginia and moved to Kingsport when I was 10. We moved a lot in my K-5 years, and the impact of caring teachers during that time was a big reason why I chose to teach. I graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 2007 and earned my Bachelor of Arts in History from ETSU in 2012. After 3 adventurous years in Minneapolis, MN, I returned to ETSU in 2017 and completed my Master of Arts in Teaching in 2018. I first arrived at Fall Branch School during the 2018-2019 School Year, first as a substitute teacher and later as the interim K-6 R.T.I. Teacher. This school year was my first full year teaching, and I'm excited to be returning to Fall Branch for the 2020-2021 School Year.

    When I'm not teaching, I enjoy traveling to new states, hiking, shopping for antiques, working on my house, and spending time with friends and family. The picture below is from our family trip to California last year; my oldest nephew, Keenan, is about to begin his Junior year at Ridgeview High School in Clintwood, Virginia. My youngest nephew, Hayden, is a rising 6th Grader at Ridgeview Middle School, also in Clintwood, Virginia.

    My oldest nephew, Keenan, and me in Los Angeles this summer.