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8th Grade Literature

Welcome to my world of 8th Grade literature!
I grew up in a small town in Alabama and came to Memphis on a band scholarship as the Drum Major for the Mighty Sound of the South, the Memphis State University Marching Band. This is now my hometown and I love it!  I met my husband here, a native of New Jersey, and all my children were born here and still live in this area.
As you can tell from my classroom picture on this page, I love literature and perform in my classroom daily.  I have been fortunate in my professional life to receive a few accolades and awards. 
  • Rotary Club Excellence in Teaching Award
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Award for "Mozart's Worlds" NEH Seminar
  • St. John Neumann Outstanding Service Award for the Memphis Catholic Diocese
  • National Catholic Education Association Distinguished Teacher Award Southern Region
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Award We the People Initiative, "Pearl Harbor: History, Memory, Memorial" through the East-West Center, the University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • St. Francis of Assisi Extra Mile Award
  • Tennessee Shakespeare Company Teacher Advisory Board Member Appointment
  • TEA Program Grant, U.S. State Department teacher Exchange Program, Posted to Guwahati, India June 2011
  • National Catholic Education Association, Lead. Learn. Proclaim. National Teaching Award 2017
Music is still very important in my life and teaching career.  I have taught many students to play the piano and I serve as the pianist for the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church adult choir.  I have a piano in my classroom and use it frequently to augment instruction.
I believe strongly in student travel as part of a well-rounded education.  One of my duties and pleasures here at SFA is to plan and direct the 8th Grade trip each May to Washington, D.C.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

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