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Writing: Room for Improvement & Tips–TSU COE Graduate Majors Meeting

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, I had the pleasure of sharing some reminders and room for improvement with our students to make sure they are on par with the skills needed to write at the graduate level. So often, students work so hard to get into a graduate program, and forget the purpose of a graduate program–to GROW professionally. In order to do so, this requires effort, attention, and care to details. As a graduate …Read More

Teaching Students to L.O.V.E. Literacy

If you are visiting this website, you have probably attended one of my sessions or workshops “Teaching Students to L.O.V.E. Literacy”.  During this session, I spoke of ways to get educators, parents, and advocates of literacy involved in the process of building student literacy skills in non-traditional formats.  This session had techniques and discussion that is applicable to nearly any age group, and seeks to help empower those who want to put some creativity into …Read More

Good News: TALE Board Election Results

The TALE Board election ended,  and I am happy to announce my election to the Texas Association for Literacy Education!   It is such an honor, and I am elated that such seasoned and respected literacy professionals from across the state see me as a great representative to be a leader within the organization.  

Spring 2017 Semester Reflection

Spring 2017  semester is over, and I just completed my first year as a four-year university professor (as I previously worked at a two-year college).  I am so thankful for the opportunity to grow in a different area of my education career, and so honored to be able to mentor and guide future teachers.

Write Away: Integrating Writing Across the Curriculum

On Friday,  February 3, 2017 at Texas Southern University, I had the pleasure of presenting a two and a half hour writing seminar to teacher candidates that are in the final phase of their undergraduate college careers.  For education majors, this “final phase” is the Student Teacher point of their journey, in which they are out in the field, and currently serving in roles at a school in the greater Houston area.  The goal of …Read More

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.

Preparing for College Now: Don’t Wait Until Senior Year

Introduction From the first time I heard of the word “college”, I was always curious about it.  I always had the intention of attending college (as I love to learn new things), but there was never a “plan” developed as a family for me to attend.  My plan was to go to college at home one year, and then transfer to another school the next.  I knew that I wanted to be a teacher, and that …Read More

How to Write An Essay

Writing has always come pretty easy to me, but for many that is not the case.  In fact, a couple of months ago, I was approached by a stranger in a public library (in another city) for help on writing an essay.  I was pleased to help, and give a great foundation to this person. In about 10 minutes, I had them well on their way. I was recently asked to demonstrate how to teach …Read More

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