"Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary." -- Boris Pasternak
Having worked for nearly two decades in communications with experience from everything from technical writing, journalism and public relations, I decided my passion resides in passing on my love of literature and for the written word. As an underclassman, I majored in English Education but was then enticed to work for a daily newspaper as well as the college newspaper. I fell in love with the quick pace environment and dedicated much of my life to being on call as a newspaper reporter covering everything from breaking news and investigative reporting to football and education. I enjoyed my career as a journalist but felt the need to do something that truly matters. That's when I joined the staff as an English teacher at Smithfield-Selma High School.
I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor of Arts in English. As a reporter, I received numerous awards from the North Carolina Press Association, including first place in investigative reporting.
Working as a journalist, I learned the importance of writing clearly and concisely as well as adhering to the highest ethical standards. These have served me well as an educator at Smithfield-Selma High. My philosophy on teaching is to reach each student where each student is. What this means is that it is my job to further the education of each learner -- no matter what. This semester, I am teaching Essentials of English and Honors English III. I hope this journey in high school leads you to a love for literature.
Just as Mark Twain once said, "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them," I believe each student has been given an opportunity to become a better reader, writer and leader.
One of the things I wish for my students to always remember is that every day is a new one with new opportunities. No matter what happened yesterday, always keep moving forward. I welcome students who think critically about literature. In this field, not everything is black and white. And it's those gray areas that allow us to think deeper, challenge our own beliefs and one day change the world.