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A little bit about me...
I know why you're here. You want to know all about me. I get it. I'm cool.
I lived most of my life in Helena, just south of Birmingham. While attending Pelham High School (Go Panthers!), I wasn't exactly the coolest kid in school. I captained the Scholar's Bowl team, managed the finances of the Literary Magazine, emcee'd the poetry and music talent show, tried out for a couple plays (I dropped out of Romeo and Juliet), and tried desperately to do debate. What I'm saying is, I was King of the Nerds.
After high school, I went to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Go Blazers!). Like basically everyone else that goes to UAB, I was originally going to go into the medical field. However, my first chemistry midterm really made me reconsider my options. I didn't want to be one of the miserable pre-med students. I wanted to do something that excited me, so I marched myself down to the registrar and changed my major to secondary education with a double major in history. Once I realized teaching was for me, I jumped into it with both feet. I spent time in classrooms all over the Birmingham area, including Woodlawn, Clay-Chalkville, Minor, and Spain Park. I also served as an AVID tutor in Leeds, and as the co-director of the Vulcan Park and Museum's summer program.
I absolutely LOVE history. I took a bunch of really exciting history courses during my time at UAB. I took a few Reacting to the Past classes that required me to write speeches and debate as historical figures. Those classes were the best, but even the worst history classes were exciting. My senior thesis was nearly sixty pages about Otto Von Bismarck and the German Empire. You don't write sixty pages unless you love history. Again, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HISTORY, and I hope to get everyone as excited about history as I am.
This is my second year of teaching, in general and at SSJHS. In addition to history, I'm also going to be teaching robotics this year. I'm excited to try something different from what I'm used to. I'm also the Academic Team coordinator for the Smiths Station schools, so please get in touch with me if you need anything about that.
If you need to get in touch with me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school. I'll be more than happy to answer your questions. I look forward to this exciting year, and GO PANTHERS! (It feels good to say that again.)