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Literacy Summit Yearbook 2016 Publication

One of my first scholarly works as a professor has been published! I am pleased to share that my article, “Digital Minds: Writing Instruction for Students who HATE Writing” was published in Volume 2: October 2016 of the Literacy Summit Yearbook. This particular journal was put together by TALE (Texas Association for Literacy Education), and the Specialized Literacy Professionals organizations.

Book Release: “29 Days to L.O.V.E. Literacy”

The official release of the first in a series of literacy related books for parents and teachers has arrived!  29 Days to L.O.V.E. Literacy  is a  practical and easy to use book that includes activities that teach literacy skills in a relevant, and unique manner.  The book originally began as a series of tweets on my Twitter account, then later I further developed the ideas into a book.

New Instagram Account

Though many shy away from social media, I am present on social media, and I have been for quite some time.  Often times, I am so busy teaching that I am unable to take pictures and share the great work put forth in my classes. I have created an Instagram to document the awesome work, and happenings in my courses.  I will also use this as a space to advocate for education and literacy.  When …Read More

End of Semester Reflection- Spring 2016

Another semester is in the books, and as usual, it is bittersweet. I enjoy teaching college students–as I admire their passion, dedication, and new outlooks and perspectives on life. However, coming from a K-12 background for 11 years, it is difficult to only have the students for 16 weeks, and then they are on to the next phase in their college career. It has been a busy semester…I taught a full course load (though still …Read More

Reflections from the 2016 Literacy Summit

On February 12th and 13th, I was able to attend the Literacy Summit at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.  This conference was co-sponsored by TALE (Texas Association of Literacy Education),the University of the Incarnate Word, and the Specialized Literacy Professionals.  It was one the the most well organized and productive conferences that I have attended to date.  I enjoyed being able to be in an environment in which it truly …Read More

Literacy Summit 2016 Presentation

Title of Presentation: Digital Minds: Writing Instruction for Students Who HATE Writing Date: February 13th, 2016 Location: University of the Incarnate Word – San Antonio, TX I was honored to present at the 2016 Literacy Summit, Co-Sponsored by the Texas Association of Literacy Education (TALE), the Specialized Literacy Professionals, and the University of the Incarnate Word.  The theme for the conference was titled, “Celebrating 20 years of What’s Hot”.  I’m always grateful to share my …Read More

Fall 2015 Semester Reflections

The busiest semester that I have ever had teaching college courses, recently came to an end.  I had a heavy course load this time around, it was a test at times, and I really had to find a balance in my personal life and career.  However, it was a welcomed challenge.  I taught several course sections, with a fine group of students in GUST 305 (College Student Success) and  INRW 0301 (Integrated Reading and Writing). …Read More

Reflections from the 25th Annual NAME International Conference

With all of the work involved in our profession as educators, many  frown upon having to attend additional professional development and conferences. In my opinion, the awkwardness of not knowing anyone, and having to introduce myself to people, then sharing where I have been as a “scholar” can be intimidating and unnatural to me.  This is because I have the heart of a traditional teacher, and we are often never asked about our service to …Read More

NAME Conference 2015- R.A.P. Literacy Learning

Name of Presentation: R.A.P. Literacy Learning Date: 10/3/15 Location: New Orleans, LA at the 25th Annual NAME International Conference There are three main objectives of this presentation: To present and address causes of learning gaps in literacy of students who are often considered underperforming. To present engaging ways that educators can adapt their literacy learning environment to be more relevant to a variety of student populations and academic levels. To present innovative, creative, yet easy …Read More

San Jacinto College Literacy Institute 2015- Conference Presentation

Presentation Name:”Reflective Writing for Students Who HATE Writing” Location: San Jacinto College, South Campus Date of Presentation: 7/30/15 Many students hate to write because they do not see the relevance of learning to write for “academic” purposes.  Reflective Writing benefits both the student and the instructor because the tasks foreshadow the cognitive process of a student, and provides an opportunity to later look back and see growth. This presentation will use reflective writing and journaling …Read More

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