Before completing college, I worked in the food industry as a manager. I have also held jobs in retail, mostly customer service, as well as being a stay-at-home mom with both of my children.
I attended several schools including Mercyhurst College and Penn State Behrend (Erie, PA), Seminole State College (Sanford, FL), and The University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL). One might say I was a non-traditional student. I have two bachelor's degrees.
B.S. Secondary English Education------University of Central Florida 1999
I taught English at PRHS for ten years until taking a break for family. Rather than go back full time, I moved into a position at Seminole State College wherein I was the English Instructional Support Specialist. Basically, I assisted the students who came into the writing center. I helped with a variety of papers, literature courses, and even grammar and writing for adult ESL students. I left that position when my family decided to move to North Carolina. For the first couple of years we were here I worked in several different roles including as an online writing tutor and a technical writing consultant. I returned to the classroom in the fall of 2016, accepting a position at Cary High School.
During my tenure in Florida, I taught a variety of courses including: expository writing, creative writing, English I, II, III, and IV (both academic and honors). I also served as advisor for the literary magazine and Sophomore class. I mentored first year teachers, chaired a 9th grade PLC, and represented my school at a conference in Washington D.C. I was also very involved outside of the classroom, acting as secretary and president for the band boosters and committee secretary for my son's boy scout troop.
About me- personal information
I love living in Cary and teaching at Cary High School. Many people ask if I miss Florida, and the easy answer is no. I don't miss the heat or tourists. I lived in or near Orlando for twenty years, and I visited Disney many times. Now I enjoy everything North Carolina has to offer. My favorite place to visit is the Blue Ridge Parkway and the mountains.
I have been married for longer than most of my students have been alive. I have two children. My son is in his twenties and loves to play trumpet. He plays with the Cary Town Band as well as the Raleigh Little German Band. My daughter is nine. She goes to Briarcliff Elementary and loves anime, dance, and basketball. I also have a plott hound lab mix named Brooklyn, a round black and white cat named Millie-moo, and a gray tiger cat named Grayson.
http://www.wcpss.net/caryhs The Cary High School Nolan Bryant, Principal 638 Walnut Street, Cary NC 27511 Main Office: 919-460-3549 School Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.