Studied various forms of technology at Mitchell Community College. Also worked for ISP (TDS/Continuum) for 4 years before joining the PLP team. I enjoy coaching MS football and taking on new technology challenges.
Master's in Music Education, Northwestern University
Masters of Science in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum with a concentration in Global & International Education, Drexel University
I am passionate about helping my students discover the world beyond our classroom and more about themselves in the process!
Masters in Math Education- University of North Carolina Charlotte
I am so excited to be part of the Pine Lake family! I absolutely love teaching and am so honored that I get to be an extra positive person in our youth's lives.
Bachelors in Physical Education, Winston Salem State University
Certifications: 6-9 Science, K-6 Education, K-12 Physical Education, K-12 Health Education
Middle School can be some of the hardest years a student will experience. I enjoy helping our students get through these years. A positive environment is so important and it is my goal to be a positive influence to our students. I am also a mom of two (almost grown) children. My oldest is in college and my youngest will graduate from high school this year! I will soon be an "empty nester" and am thankful to have the PLP middle school students to interact with.
I am originally from Syracuse, New York (GO ORANGE!) and moved to NC a few weeks after graduating from college. I have taught in CMS and ISS before coming to Pine Lake, and love being part of the PRIDE! Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family and rooting on my favorite sports teams.
Master's Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Walden University
I grew up a studio dancer and traveled to compete in clogging. (Fun fact: Clogging is the state folk dance of North Carolina) I began teaching as a studio substitute instructor at the age of 14 and became a dance instructor at 18. After moving to North Carolina, I became the director of two professional-level sports dance team programs while continuing to perform as a member of a local professional dance company. Now that I have retired from performing I am focused on growing the next generation of dance artists. My philosophy as an instructor goes beyond technique and choreography. My curriculum also includes teaching students how to create dance. I teach improvisation and composition at every grade level. Improvisation requires spontaneity and improves creative thinking skills. Composition exercises challenge the students to create within a set of guidelines. They learn ways to create movement and are given the opportunity to collaborate with their peers on the movements within the piece. My favorite quote speaks to the outcome of why I teach composition exercises... "When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." -Mattie Stepanek