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I am very excited about the 2018-2019 school year as I embark on my 9th year with the staff, students and community of JWS! As a member of the instructional support team here at James W. Smith, I hope to add a platform which is centered around student inquiry-based learning focusing on meaningful exploration, stimulating authentic tasks, real-world problem solving, and cooperative learning. As a Title I teacher, I support our JWS teachers in the recognition and nurturing of student potential in order to improve academic achievement. By providing access to 21st Century educational experiences and blended learning opportunities, the achievement gap in this diverse community can be closed. My undergraduate study was completed at Longwood University in Virginia. I have a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Eastern Carolina University.
We moved to North Carolina from the mountains of West Virginia in 2001 to enjoy the natural beauty of the ocean a little more. I live in the small town of Bridgeton with my husband of 28 years. Bill is the Lead Academic Advisor at Craven Community College. Our youngest daughter, River, is a senior at UNCW with a double major in Spanish and Communications. Our middle daughter, Sierra, recently graduated from the Nursing Program at CCC and is a Nurse at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Our oldest daughter, Bethany, teaches Theatre and English at WCHS. We have been blessed with a beautiful granddaughter, Caiden Rose, and we are enjoying the grand-parenting scene very much! When not at school, we love to be outdoors and spend a great deal of time hiking in the mountains, camping in the ocean dunes or soaking up the beauty of our pond with our poodle "Waffles", Yorkie "Oliver", 14 slider turtles and a bunch of bullfrogs!