Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Journalism Postbaccalaureate in Elementary Education Masters Degree for Curriculum and Teaching Middle Grades ELA endorsement
This is my sixth year with Deer Valley Unified School District, and my 13th year of teaching (woohoo!). I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th ELA classes of both general and advanced sections. One year I even had the pleasure of teaching sixth grade social studies. It was fascinating to learn about ancient civilizations!
Since I can first remember I loved reading and writing and spent hours upon hours lost in books or drafting what I then believed would be the greatest novel ever. Additionally, I love being a member of a learning community! This love was solidified while attending Bowling Green State University where I earned a degree in Print Journalism with a minor in creative writing. I then earned a post baccalaureate from Rio Salado in Elementary Education. In December 2015 I completed my Masters in Curriculum and Teaching from Northcentral University. Other tidbits:
-My husband, Mr. Verlei, is probably the funniest person I've met. He's also my best friend.
- I'm a fierce Harry Potter fan.
- I also dig many nerd favorites like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit.
- Hockey > football. Go Red Wings!
- I love cats. Mr. Verlei and I rescued a pudgy, orange tabby. His name is Bozo.
- I read more teen fiction than adult (oops).
- I could waste hours looking for GIFs or memes to use in class.
- Sometimes I make up words in class, which students tend to adopt into their own vocabulary.