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 several 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 created this little video of Ben when he was a puppy. Enjoy some cuteness! 🙂
I began my career after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 1996 and while serving as a special education teacher in Franklin and Meade counties, from 1996-2005, I also 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.
During the 2017-18 school year, I served at Washington Co. Schools as an Instructional Coach at the high school and learned so much about the many aspects of instructional coaching. I also learned that coaching is an incredibility challenging job. I’m grateful for the time I spent there learning from and with so many great educators and students.
Currently, I’m working as an education administration consultant with KDE in the Office of Continuous Improvement and Support serving as the state coordinator for the Homeless Education Program. I’m thoroughly enjoying this opportunity to collaborate with a broad range of folks inside the agency and with other agencies and universities to build a strong and highly-effective program that improves outcomes for students experiencing homelessness.