Photo Credits: Melissa Ferrell
On this page I’ll share some background about myself so I must include a bit about my buddies. The top picture was taken almost two years ago with my dog Rocky. I dearly loved that rascal and treasured every one of the fourteen years I had with him. Now I enjoy life with a big bundle of joy named Ben who LOVES people and eating. As you can see, he thinks he is a lap dog.
I began my career after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University and while serving as a special education teacher in Franklin and Meade counties I finished a master’s program from Georgetown College. The most rewarding part of those years was teaching students how to read. An entire world of opportunities opens up when you learn how to read so it was such a privilege to give that gift to my students.
While working as a consultant at the Kentucky Department of Education, I was privileged to be a part of the eLearning Kentucky grant in which I facilitated online professional development courses and communities and served for almost two years as co-manager of the grant.
This opportunity is definitely one of the highest points in my career! Not only did I enjoy utilizing my skills in facilitation and community building to support teachers in their professional growth adventures, but the work afforded me the opportunity to cultivate relationships with colleagues and mentors that are priceless to me.
I also served and supported KDE colleagues, districts, schools and other agencies regarding professional learning, digital learning, blended learning, the Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS), differentiated learning, equitable distribution of teachers, Title II A funding, exceptional children services, intervention systems, literacy and strategic planning.
I’m excited to continue my journey as I explore aspects of instructional design, problem solving and critical thinking that will support professional learning and development in a work environment.