B.S in Education, Northern Arizona University (English major, history minor)
    gifted endorsement Ottawa University
    AVID certified



    Hello! After spending a decade teaching in the Mesa district, I am now returning for my tenth year in the Higley district.  Over the years I have taught Freshman AP (honors) English, 8th grade English and Accelerated English, and both standard and honors 8th grade American Studies.  I was also the freshman baseball coach at my former school for seven years, and I am proud to say that I coached the 8th grade boys to a baseball title at Chaparral.  I look forward to another terrific year, and I am excited to be a part of the  Cooley team.  Go Cougars! 
      My Canvas page SHOULD be up and running as of this morning; it might require a few adjustments, but you can now find assignments and announcements (including the parent-teacher conference link) on Canvas.
       Parent-teacher conferences will be taking place from 2:00-4:00p.m. and 5:00-7:00p.m. on 8/29, and from 2:00-4:00p.m. on 8/30.  If you do not receive a conference invitation but would like to set up a time to speak about your child's performance in Language Arts, please access the link below and follow the signup instructions.
      Students will begin using their 5 subject spiral notebooks on Monday the 29th; if finanancial circumstances make the purchase of a notebook difficult, please send me an email and I will do my best to make accomodations.  
      A list of recommended supplies can be found at the bottom of this page; the only item that I request specifically for my class is a 5 subject spiral notebook.  The cheapest I have seen them is at Fry's, where notebooks with cardboard covers are less that $3.  Notebooks with more durable vinyl covers can be found at places like Target and WalMart.  If you have trouble finding one, 3 subject spiral notebooks can be reformatted to fit the same purpose.  I have limited quantities of almost all other needed materials (pencils, pens, etc.) available in class if a student does not have a needed item.   
       On the second day of school (Tuesday), I will be providing your child with a copy of my class syllabus; this document will provide you with an overview of class policies, tutoring and test test retake opportunities, grading policies, behavior expectations, and other items for general reference.  Please sign the last page so that your child can return it by Friday the 26th.
      Please join me on Curriculum Night, which will take place from 5:30-7:30p.m. on Wednesday, July 31st.  Curriculum Night allows me to (briefly) meet you, provide an overview of your child's Language Arts curriculum, and answer any questions you might have to begin the year.

    Recommended supplies:
     5 subject college-ruled spiral notebook (highly recommended)
    blue or black pen and a red pen for editing
    package of 3x5 lined notecards
    #2 pencils
    dry erase marker(s)
    loose-leaf paper
     * please note that I have almost all of these materials, such as pencils and paper, available in the classroom.  The spiral notebook is the only item that I do not have available.
Last Modified on August 14, 2019