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Trident Academy
Paducah, Kentucky
Class Information:
Room Number: Library
Students per Class: 83 total
Class Description:
I am the media specialist at a school for children with diagnosed learning disabilities. The school has students from K-12th grades.
I am in need of digital cameras to use to engage students in learning. I am presently using my personal camera on a regular basis and I would like to be able to have additional cameras to allow students to produce media projects.
My Philosophy:
The children I reach have different learning styles. The use of technology in the classroom levels the playing field. My students' learning experiences are enhanced when I use technologies in instruction and in the project-based activities that they complete. I want them to have the access to all the tools that they can use to help them learn and to help them prepare for the future as adults.
Personal Information:
About Me:
This is my ninth year as the media specialist at Trident Academy, a K-12 private school for children with learning disabilities. I also teach an 8th grade South Carolina History class. I teach a quarterly class of library skills to all middle school students. I have scheduled library classes for all of the lower school students.
College and Degrees:
I received a Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Kentucky, a Master Degree of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina, and I a Master Degree in Education in Technology from Lesley University.
I serve on the executive board of the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) and I served two years on the SCASL Young Adult Book Awards Committee. I have presented sessions at the South Carolina Association of Independent Schools annual conference, SCASL conferences and the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators Fellow's Conference. My professional associations include: The American Library Association (ALA), The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and The South Carolina Council for the Social Studies (SCCSS). I received a Master Teacher Designation from SCISA.
Favorite Books:
All of Jane Austen's titles, but Pride and Prejudice is at the top of the list, with Persuasion coming in a close second. Young Adult titles: Twilightby Stephenie Meyer - who would have thought I would like vampire stories? Uglies by Scott Westerfeld - great thought-provoking,futuristic series. Godless by Pete Hautman - did not make "the list" last year. Middle School titles: The Emperor's Eyes by Graham Salisbury - Excellent boy's read. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan - Okay, Rick just because you came to visit and got all my kids excited about reading about Percy Jackson, you made my list. The Liberation of Gabriel King by Kelly L. Going Lower School titles: MiraculousJourney of Edward Tulane by Kate Camillo - Definitely a tear-jerker. TheLibrary Lion by Michelle Knudsen - Because Michelle Knudsen is a sweetheart author and editor. Stephanie'sPonytail by Robert Munsch - Favorite tell it to them story.
Favorite Quotes:
"The existence of monsters results in monstrous consequences"- Edward Cullen , ECLIPSE. "Timepasses. Even when it seems impossible. Even when each tick of the second hand aches like the pulse of blood behind a bruise. It passes unevenly, in strange lurches and dragging lulls, but pass it does. Even for me." Bella, Eclipse ‘No,’ said Darcy, ‘I have made no such pretension. I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. It is, I believe, too little yielding; certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of others so soon as I ought, nor their offences against myself. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. My good opinion once lost is lost for ever.’ Darcy Pride and Prejudice
Books, Art, Technology, Children's Literature, Travel
Employment History:
K-12 Media Specialist - 8 years Stay at home Mom - 12 years
Why Do I Teach?:
I teach because the learning disabled students I teach are often misunderstood and are not given the opportunity to excel in a "normal" classroom. They need the patience that I have to reach them and the different teaching methods I use. In essence, they learn differently, and I teach differently. We are a good fit.
Percent of Students are:
     Special Needs: 100 %
Percent of Students are:
     White/Caucasian : 95 %
     African American: 5 %
Average number of students in class:: 8 students
Number of students I teach:: 50 students