I am a southern woman, which means that I have the amazing ability to turn two syllable words into four syllable words. I live in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, surrounded by woods and lakes, and I treasure the peacefulness of it all. There is no place better.
Of course, I love literature. There is nothing better than a great story written by a superior author. To me, that author is Cormac McCarthy. He is the master of similes that give me pause. I believe there is no better love story than his novel,The Road. A parent’s love for a child knows no boundaries.
I taught secondary and college English for twenty-five years, and I like to think that I taught it well. My master’s degree is in Education/English; I am a National Board Certified teacher, and in 2010 the Veterans of Foreign Wars awarded me State Teacher of the Year. This – because I received it from people who fought for my freedom – means the most to me.
My love for my students and my passion for teaching fueled my desire to continue to educate – but through a different format: technology. With the Smarty Britches series for book apps and printed books, I share the culture of the South, and I share the charming beauty of its southern people. If needed, this series aligns with Common Core State Standards and incorporates cultural differences and cross-curricular subjects as well as reading strategies and fluency. At appswithcurriculum.com/curriculum/, you can find lessons for educators and parents that have student-friendly objectives, align with CCSS, use upper levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, and incorporate technology.
My inspiration for the Smarty Britches series began with the gift of two Baby Grands: Jackson and Wyatt. I had thought that I knew love. Then those two little boys tiptoed their way into my heart and taught me its whole new meaning.
My inspiration for Apps With Curriculum began with recognizing a need – a need for app developers to empower educators with curriculum.
Put on your Smarty Britches!