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I received my Doctorate in Adult and Career Education from Valdosta State University in 2016. I was named Doctoral Student of the Year for the Adult and Career Education department.
I received my Bachelor of Science in education from Valdosta State University and I have research interests in social justice, access to higher education, transition services and supports, and Latina/o transition to higher education.
I received my bachelor of science in Health and Physical Education from Valdosta State University. I have certifications in broad field science (i.e., biology, physical science, etc.), special education, social science, and health/physical education. Later,
I have 13 years of experience in K-12 education with 12 being spent within the Lowndes County School System. One year was spent teaching sixth grade geography at Brooks County Middle School. Currently, I proudly serve as Lowndes High School’s first Instructional Coach.
I provide and facilitate professional learning, provide instructional support, and individual coaching to teachers and staff in order to increase teacher effectiveness and increase student learning.
Prior to becoming an instructional coach I spent 10 years teaching biology and physical science at the high school level. I was selected at the LHS Teacher of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year.
I enjoyed teaching students science in a way that would also provide them with experiences that would prepare them to weather the storms of life while gathering valuable science knowledge that could be applied to their everyday lives.
Transportation – Geographical location should not hinder access to opportunities for better jobs or post-high school educational opportunities. Providing transportation increases the opportunity social mobility.
Health Care – All of Georgia’s citizens should have affordable and quality health insurance that covers preventative services, unexpected illness/disease, and emergencies. No one should suffer a financial hardship due to cancer or other disease. The Medicaid expansion provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is needed in Georgia for individuals who cannot afford it.
Monitor and regulate insurance companies that have vacated certain counties if they want to remain in our state.
Minimum Wage - Minimum wage should be raised to a living wage. No individual should work 40 hours per week and not be able to provide the basic needs of life for themselves or their family.
Education – Advocate for placing greater focus on student learning through formative assessment and better preparing students for post-high school job and educational opportunities.
Decreasing our current practice of excessive standardized testing that our students endure from primary to high school.
Provide needs-based scholarships to Georgia’s high school graduates. HOPE currently limits financial assistance to a disproportionate number of students from more affluent families