I have taught in various higher education settings since 2000 and have eight years of teaching experience in public schools at the elementary and middle/high school levels. Before coming to Dalton State College I taught at Jacksonville State University (JSU) in Jacksonville, AL. while there, some of my responsibilities included supervision of student interns and practicum students in the graduate and undergraduate programs in both the severe and inclusive settings. Interesting to note is that many of my student interns were placed in Georgia public schools. Jacksonville State’s master’s programs in special education are 100% online so I also have much experience with EVIRx, a video analysis tool used in evaluating and collaborating with interns and their cooperating teachers. My experience with the integration of technology is ever increasing across all levels of my teaching. To illustrate, my undergraduate students use iPads apps as part of their own lesson development to track K12 students’ academic and behavioral progress wile in the field. This progress monitoring also yields valuable NCATE data for our clinical experiences department in documenting JSU’s students’ impact in the K12 academic arena. My classroom technology integration also includes the creation of iMovies and eBooks as part of problem-based learning projects used to investigate local realities of public school classroom/behavior management plans and influences of multicultural issues as related to discipline. We post this information on YouTube and offer it as resources of information to our area school systems.
Over the years, I have assisted on different committees regarding NCATE and accreditation. I am currently training to serve as one of the Board of Examiners for NCATE/CAEP. I also have experience with developing and writing SPA reports for NCATE as this was a large part of my responsibility while teaching at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. I am actively involved in professional, university, and community organizations. I serve on the technology committee as a Director-At-Large and member of Mid-South Educational Research Association. I am involved in several university and college programs, and serve on several boards in the community ranging from the rights and protection of students with severe disabilities to the increased awareness of domestic violence. I have also been involved with JSU’s professional development school and its technology initiative.
Most recently, my publications have included improved literacy skills through co-teaching, responsive multicultural teaching, the impact of social media in higher education, and one university course’s impact on pre-service teacher efficacy. Additionally, I am in the planning stages of developing a qualitative research design regarding diversity awareness among education professionals with plans to complete in 2014.
Last but certainly not least, it has been my honor and privilege to attend, present, and serve as an invited reviewer for the National Youth at Risk Conferences, in Savannah, GA for the past four years. This conference has consistently equipped me with new information to share with my colleagues and students.
On a more personal note, I recently married my best friend and love spending time with our new family!