Seventh Grade Language Arts
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I am originally from St. Louis, MO, but I have lived in the Jackson area for the past 25 years. This is my 15th year to be a teacher and my second year at Madison Middle School. I spent ten years teaching language arts in the fourth and fifth grades in Northwest Rankin Schools and last three years teaching language arts in the fifth grade at Madison's Mannsdale Elementary before moving to Madison Middle last year.
Teaching is my second career. I pursued my childhood dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer and qualified at 15 to enter the North Carolina School for the Arts in Winston-Salem. After high school (and dance) graduation there, I went on to dance professionally in five cities throughout the United States and came to Jackson to dance with Ballet Mississippi when it was a professional company. After my dancing career, I went to Millsaps College where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Education Summa Cum Laude and then to Belhaven University where I received my Masters in Education Summa Cum Laude.
In my free time I enjoy reading, going to the movies, visiting art galleries and traveling with my husband, Carl Crawford. We recently adopted two Italian Greyhounds from Houston, Texas. We are enjoying our time with Furio and Carmella! They are enjoying their new home and adjusting quite well. We have traveled in Sweden, Italy, Paris, Amsterdam, Germany, the Czech Republic, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Spain and Portugal and this summer for 30 days in New England (Boston, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Montreal, QB, Kingston, ON, and Toronto, ON). I am looking forward to sharing my traveling experiences with my students!
I am super excited to be a Jaguar at Madison Middle, and I'm looking forward to teaching with a block schedule this second year. We are going to have a really great year!