Raised on a Georgia dairy farm, this ‘94 Cornell grad landed in a North Jersey community straight out of college. She’s the teacher no kid wants to take but the one no kid ever regrets having.
Why have you chosen to continue teaching high school English language arts all these years?
If my students are gonna make it in life, they must learn how to think and write. If I don’t accomplish that, I’ve failed them. Developing good writing skills matches word with thought and is an arduous journey that takes commitment from both student and teacher.
Growing up on a dairy farm taught me a TON about hard work. The daily requirements to maintain a farm—feeding, cleaning stalls, 5 a.m. milkings—trained me on subjects like sacrifice and responsibility. A good education requires the same kind of commitment, day in and day out.