Seminars 
9th Grade Life Skills Seminar
Purnell School
September 2007-June 2013

Students transition into high school and develop the following life skills: discover and utilize learning strengths; learn how to identify and maintain healthy relationships; make healthy eating and exercise choices; learn basic sexual and reproductive health; develop resilience and a positive mindset; manage stress; and act appropriately when utilizing technology and social networking.

Click to view sample teaching materials:
9th Grade Utilizing Strengths Worksheet.pdf
9th Grade Sleep Routine Lesson.pdf
9th Grade Relationship Scenarios.pdf


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10th Grade Learning Preferences Seminar 
Purnell School
September 2007-June 2013

Students discover and utilize learning preferences to become strong, confident learners that can advocate for, verbalize, and apply their personal strengths. 

Click to view sample teaching materials:
10th Grade Learning Preferences Group and Individual Work.pdf

11th Grade Career Counseling Seminar
Purnell School
September 2007-June 2013

Students explore careers that play to their strengths, then envision their futures in possible careers, and ultimately search for and secure summer internships that help give them experience in a field of interest.

Click to view sample teaching materials:
11th Grade Visioning Exercise.pdf

12th Grade College Preparation Seminar
Purnell School 
September 2007-June 2013

Students are provided time, structure, and one-on-one help to write an effective college application essay.  

Click to view sample teaching materials:
College Essay Brainstorming Questions.pdf
College Essay Brainstorm Cluster.pdf
College Essay Brainstorming Evaluation.pdf
College Essay Outline Sample.pdf
College Essay Openers and Samples.pdf

Study Abroad
Curriculum for Study Abroad Courses
Costa Rica / Mexico / Ecuador / France / Peru
Purnell School
February 2007 / February 2009 / February 2011/ February 2012 / February 2013

11th and 12th grade students received academic credit for two weeks of travel and over 20 hours of pre- and post-trip meetings. Syllabus, lessons, instructional materials, and individual instruction supported the educational objectives of each study abroad experience.

Click to view sample syllabus:
Peru Syllabus and Itinerary.pdf

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individualized instruction

Teaching Pedagogy
Early Education Independent Study Course
Purnell School
September 2012-June 2013

Facilitated an independent study for a 12th grade student to pursue a passion in early childhood education through observing/volunteering at a local preschool, conducting research, reflecting on the experience, completing a project-based midterm and final, and obtaining preschool supervisor feedback.

Click to view sample teaching materials:
Independent Study Feedback Form.pdf
Haiku LMS Independent Study.pdf


Three-week Intensive Course: Learn to Teach 
Purnell School 
February 2008, February 2010

Mini-term designed to teach high school students educational pedagogy and how to write effective lessons through classroom observations and field trips, direct instruction and project-based learning. As a culminating assessment, students created and conducted a kindergarten lesson in a local elementary school.

Click to view sample teaching materials: 
Teaching Syllabus 2010.pdf
Teaching Student Calendar.pdf

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English Immersion 
Director of English Immersion
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
August 2013-June 2015

English Immersion program supports all English-learning students at the school by providing slightly modified versions of "mainstream" English classes that move at a slower pace, contain less content, and focus on communication skills building. 

9th and 10th Grade English Immersion
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
August 2013-June 2015

Differentiated instruction designed to help students learn English and American writing conventions, practice and master all methods of communication (listening, reading, writing, speaking), think critically about and respond to literature, utilize technology to assist them as language learners, and receive and utilize specific feedback regarding strengths and weaknesses as English speakers.

Click to view sample teaching materials:
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Intro Paragraph Guided Notes.pdf
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Paragraph Guides.pdf
To Kill a Mockingbird Vocab Week 5 Quiz.pdf
Who Am I Essay Rubric.pdf
Who Are You Interview and Presentation Guidelines.pdf
Who Are You Presentation Rubric.pdf
Grammar Instruction IN ON AT.pdf


10th Grade English Immersion Modern World History
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
August 2013-June 2014

Differentiated instruction designed to help students learn research and research paper writing skills (including MLA format), English communication skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking), discover and think critically about world history from 1500 until present day, utilize technology to assist them as language learners, and receive and utilize specific feedback regarding strengths and weaknesses as English speakers.

Click to view sample teaching materials:
Modern World History Final Exam Essay.pdf
MLA Format In-Text Citations Notes.pdf
Research Paper Requirements.pdf
Research Paper Rubric.pdf
Research Paper Presentation Rubric.pdf
Research Paper Thesis and Hook.pdf
Industrial Revolution Chart.pdf
Vietnam War Video Notes.pdf


12th Grade World Literature
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
August 2013-June 2015

Differentiated instruction designed to help students gain exposure to multiple perspectives in literature, build their vocabularies, read, analyze, and discuss literature critically, utilize and strengthen communication skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking), master in-text citations and MLA format, and learn technological tools that will assist them as high school and future college students. 

Click to view sample teaching materials:
World Lit Syllabus Fall 2013.pdf
World Lit Syllabus Spring 2014.pdf
Magical Realism Connections Essay Rubric.pdf


9th-12th Grade Spanish
Purnell School
September 2005-June 2007

Project-based, experiential Spanish instruction specifically designed to help students with foreign language exemptions who previously struggled to find success with second language learning.  Self-created specialized teaching materials and assessment tools to help students utilize strengths while learning.

Click to view sample teaching materials:
Spanish 2 Commands Unit.pdf
Spanish 2 Commands Assessment - Cooking Show.pdf
Spanish 3 Future Unit and Travel Brochure Project.pdf


Kindergarten through 8th Grade Spanish
Westerly School of Long Beach
September 2003-June 2005

Project-based, experiential Spanish instruction based on latest second language acquisition research. Self-created specialized teaching materials and assessment tools to help students utilize strengths while learning.

Click to view sample teaching materials:
6th Grade Book Creation Assignment.pdf