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It is an honor for me to teach English at McDowell High School. I am a graduate of McDowell High School and North Carolina State University. At NC State, I was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, and I received a Bachelors of Arts in Secondary English Education. I have previously taught at Athens Drive in Cary, NC; Hickory High School in Hickory, NC; and East McDowell Junior High right here in Marion, NC. During my first few years as a teacher, I also completed my AIG Certification.

I currently teach English II, English IV, and English IV Honors, and this semester I have 2nd period planning which is from 9:45-11:20.

I sincerely believe along with William Butler Yeats that "education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." As a result of that belief, we use several websites in my classroom as collection of student ideas, materials, and collaborative projects. If you are a parent, you can find an overview of my class at If you are a student, we will be using my Novel Idea website along with Google Classroom. The Google Classroom site will be our main resource for daily use.

If you have any questions about my classes here at McDowell High School, please feel free to email me at