Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Education: Bachelor’s in Russian Language and German Language from the University of Kentucky & Master of Education from DePaul University
Years of Teaching: 15
Why is serving students important to you?
“It has become more and more clear to me over the years that my teaching has impacted more than the individuals I have taught, but their families and communities. I take great satisfaction in teaching the younger siblings, cousins, and friends of past students whom I have taught. My goal is to help them open new doors and discover new interests, passions, and opportunities for themselves, not only in their college and career experiences, but also for personal enrichment.”
What does it mean for you to be named a Distinguished Teacher?
“My hope is that I can contribute to cutting through the barriers of cynicism, nihilism, and despair that exist in our present world by offering a vision of hope and positivity that is grounded firmly on the pursuit of truth and justice. I want to continue to gain experience and evolve as a teacher, working together with my fellow teachers and administrators to continue to create a better school that better serves our students.”
How has the DT program helped you grow as a teacher?
“It wasn’t just this year, but a uniquely long two plus years of reflection when I started working on the very arduous application process for Distinguished Teacher. This process forced me to think deeply about all of the students I have taught, how I have gotten to know them, their families, and the community, and how I might continue to serve them better. In many ways, I was pushed to refine practices that I thought made sense when I started teaching, but having learned from other Distinguished Teachers, I have begun to see shortcomings in much of what I do. Being chosen for this distinction of ‘Distinguished Teacher’ will continue to push me and not just simply put my feet on my desk and hang my coat on a hook.”