About Me

Welcome to my blog!  I am currently a Reading and Education Specialist and NonProfit Administrator at The Curious Edge Foundation in Lexington, KY.  The past four years I was taught kindergarten at Lexington Hearing and Speech Center.  I graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Broadcast News.  Years later I attended Eastern Kentucky University and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten Emphasis.  I currently am pursuing my Masters in Literacy Education and a graduate certificate in Educational Technology.

I am passionate about teaching, reading and technology.  I love bringing all three together to create an engaging learning experience for my students.  My other interests include early childhood and family literacy.  The focus of my Master’s thesis is the impact of nonacademic intervention using a program called Interactive Metronome to improve comprehension and fluency .  I enjoy writing grants and have been able to increase literacy and technology resources by writing grants for classrooms as well as the foundation I work for.

On a personal note, I am married to a wonderful man and my best friend, Mike.  We have been married since 2002 and have 3 beautiful children together.  I have a strong christian faith and love my church community.

It is my belief that I can do anything I set my mind to.  I am continually looking at ways to learn and grow and help others to become all that they can be.

11 Responses to “About Me”

  • Admin:

    Kizoa (n.d.) Retrieved from http://www.kizoa.com

    All photos are my personal property.

  • Denise,

    I really like your blog. What a beautiful family!

    I think your blog is personal and informative.

    Great job on the tool you used for the slideshow.

  • Denise,
    I have never used or seen the Kizoa web tool, but I find it fascinating! I really like how you can include music with the slideshow which helps in establishing a certain mood and making the blog a page more unique. My students have created presentations using a variety of web tools recently and we are putting all of the presentation/visuals onto one wiki page. I would like to include pictures of students working and presenting on the welcome page and will have to learn more about this Web 2.0.
    I agree that the integration of technology with reading and writing is important in our students’ learning. They are growing up in a digital age and communication is become global due to technology. In their lifetime, students will read and write using countless formats besides pen and paper. We need to embrace the change and embedding technology in the classroom to enhance instruction is a great start.
    Sam Northern

  • Hi Denise, nice to ‘meet’ you. Your Web 2.0 intro is great. I would love the opportunity to meet you as I am about 30 minutes down the road from you.

    Best wishes with this class and the rest of your studies.

  • Jenny Greenwell:

    I really enjoy your web 2.0 tool and love that it is easy to make. I will be attempting this on my long weekend. I find your story very interesting because my cousin worked for about 6 years before she wanted to become a teacher. When did you realize that you would like to be a Kindergarten Teacher?

    • Admin:

      I knew that I wanted to go into teaching when I had my oldest child in 2004. I took a very long time to decide for sure that was indeed what I wanted. After I had my 2nd child in 2006 I had the opportunity to go back and get my teaching certificate. I have always loved early childhood but the opportunities for advancement were better in the school age population so I picked elementary with a kindergarten emphasis. Teaching kids to read and being the initial exposure to foundational learning is a wonderful and gratifying experience.

  • Tiffani Brown:

    I love how you incorporated technology into your website. I am learning so much from others.

  • Your blog looks so professional! I really enjoyed your kizoa slideshow with your beautiful family. It seems like a good alternative to a PowerPoint for younger students. I’m looking forward to working with you this semester!

  • Hey Denise,

    You have a great website. I love the technology that you incorporated as well as the layout. I am looking forward to learning from all of my colleagues this semester. It looks like we are all coming from different experiences and are incorporating technology in different ways in our respective classrooms. Here’s to a great semester!

  • I want to say your about me section is so great! I have gotten in to writing grants in the last year and enjoy writing them as well. I can’t wait to be able to write more and see what good work they accomplish.

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