As we begin the 2020-2021 school year, this school year marks my nineteenth year at ACTC. I have both a bachelor’s degree (1992) and a master’s degree (1994) in business from Clemson University as well as a master’s degree in secondary school leadership (2009) from Furman University. I recently completed the series of four classes at the College of Charleston to add the Online Teaching endorsement to my South Carolina teaching certificate, although I didn't expect to need to use the skills I learned so soon (as we were thrust into eLearning last school year). Although there is still some uncertainty about what the 2020-2021 school year will look like, I’m confident I’ll be able to deliver instruction and provide the support students need to be successful should we transition to an online format at some point during the school year.
All of my classes are project-based with a strong emphasis on and development of the soft skills students need for success in college and careers: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. Students will demonstrate their mastery of course competencies through performance tasks, projects, simulations, and presentations (rather than tests). When possible, I try to give students voice and choice in many of their projects. Generally, students will not be assigned homework. Final exams have been replaced by either printed or digital portfolios. I see my role not as a deliverer of content (Google and You Tube easily serve that purpose), but as a designer of authentic learning experiences and as a coach who guides and provides feedback to students. I encourage students to develop a growth mindset and to focus on learning over grades (a sign in the back of my classroom reads "Accumulating Points Does Not Equal Learning") as we work together to build a classroom community where all students can be successful.
Because classes are project-based, technology-infused, and student driven, students are expected to take an active role in their learning. Project-based learning can be challenging because students are building interpersonal skills, communication skills, leadership skills, problem solving skills, and time management skills, as they tackle a variety of challenges. Many are used to "sit and get" instruction and engage in a productive struggle to take a more active role in their learning as they engage in project-based learning. However, most students find it very rewarding when they look back and reflect on what they have learned and how they have grown.
I'm looking forward to a great school year. Contact me (see contact information below my Bitmoji) with any questions or concerns.
Instructor864-847-4121 ext. 2133Fax: 864-847-3539EducationB.S. in Management,Clemson University (1992)Master of HR Development,Clemson University (1994)M.A. in School Leadership,Furman University (2009)Postgraduate Courses & Endorsementin Digital & Online Learning,College of Charleston (2018-2020)SC Areas of CertificationBusiness EducationSecondary PrincipalSecondary SupervisorSC Certification EndorsementsOnline TeachingRead to SucceedCurrent InterestsInstructional and Digital Technology
Project-based LearningAuthentic AssessmentDigital Portfolios21st Century SkillsBusiness Experience (1992-2002)Human ResourcesMarketing/AdvertisingOperations ManagementInventory ControlMerchandisingBudgetingLoss Prevention