The 2019-20 school year will be my 22nd year teaching in the State College Area School District. I have had experience with each grade and level, but I have made 11th and 12th grade my home for the last nine years. I love the focus on American Literature in 11th grade and enjoy that I get to teach to my passions with the established curriculum. In addition, I am excited to help students build their speaking skills (and overcome their fears of public speaking) in Speech and Debate, and explore the role that media plays in our culture through Film and Media Studies.
I graduated with Honors from Penn State with a B.A. in English in 1995, then pursued a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction while simultaneously earning my teaching certification. As an Honors student at Penn State, I focused my studies on American Literature and explored the theme of redemption in Flannery O’Connor’s novel Wise Blood in my honor’s thesis.
When I am not teaching, I love to read (of course!), cook, garden and cycle. I am an animal lover; I have a pug and three rescues all deemed "least adoptable". I enjoy walking with them and exploring Bald Eagle State Park.