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About Me

I have been teaching and coaching at Decatur High School in Decatur, Arkansas, for 14 years.  Prior to that, I taught at Lincoln Consolidated Schools, in Lincoln, Ark., and Alluwe High School, in northeast Oklahoma.

 

I am a former editor for the Benton County Daily Record and Community Publishers, Inc., in Bentonville, Ark., (the home of Wal-Mart), and a former editor/photographer for the Tahlequah Daily Press, in Tahlequah, Okla., (the home of the Cherokee Nation).  I have also worked as a professional freelance/wedding photographer, a surveillance photographer/videographer, a part-time musician, a mechanic, a carpenter, and a cook - and all of these things helped prepare me to be a teacher.


I have a Master's in Communications and a Bachelor's in Journalism Education from Northeastern State University and I am a certified secondary principal in two states.  I am also certified to coach soccer and track and field and I began the soccer program at Decatur High School and coached both, boys and girls, varsity teams for seven years - taking three teams to state tournaments.


My wife, Laura, runs a homeless shelter for Cherokee County, Okla., and a consortium of area churches (The Hope House of Cherokee County) and we have raised three girls on a small ranch.  The youngest, Taelor, has just turned 15 and wants a (yellow) car - imagine that.


I have been teaching AP English Literature and Comp., and AP Language and Comp., for 14 years.  I have been an AP Reader for the past seven years and I have been conducting a continuous long-distance learning project between my AP classes at Decatur High School, in Arkansas, and the AP classes taught by Mrs Rachel Stokes at the Greenville Senior High Academy, in Greenville, South Carolina, for the past three years.


It is because of this continuous, long-distance project that Mrs. Stokes and I have been selected to present at Edmodocon 2014, as-well-as several other conferences, and why we have become great supporters of Edmodo.



2008-2014       AP Reader - Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, Educational

Testing Service, Louisville, KY


2014                


Presenter - “Electronic Steroids: Powerful Internet Learning

Communities in any AP Classroom,” Advanced Placement Annual Conference 2014,

July 11-12, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Presenter - "Creating a Diverse, College- and Career-Ready Tech Culture," Edmodocon 2014, Live Webinar, August 6, 2014.


Scheduled Presenter - “Wow! Who Knew What Edmodo Could Do? Creating a

Diverse Tech Culture to Foster Equity, Access, and College Readiness (A True Story),” 61st Annual Convention of the National Association for Gifted Children, Nov. 13-16, 2014, Baltimore, MD.Scheduled 


Scheduled Presenter - “Wow! Who Knew What Edmodo Could Do? Creating a

Diverse Tech Culture to Foster Equity, Access, and College Readiness (A True Story),” National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Story As the Landscape of Knowing, November 20-23, 2014, Washington D.C.

                     

2013                


Presenter - “Achieving Equity for Minority AP Students Through Technology,”

National Council of Teachers of English National Convention 2013, Nov.

21-23, 2013, Boston, MA.

 

Participant - U.S. Department of Education Feedback Session on Professional Development, National Center for Literacy Education, NCTE National Convention 2013, Nov.21-23, 2013, Boston, MA

 

Presenter - “Achieving Equity for Minority AP Students Through Technology,” 60th Annual Convention of the National Association for Gifted Children 2013, Nov. 7-10, 2013, Indianapolis, IN.

 

Presenter - “Achieving Equity for Minority AP Students Through Technology,” 5th Annual Quality Matters Conference 2013, Oct. 4, 2013, Nashville, TN.

 

Presenter - “Achieving Equity for Minority AP Students Through Technology, ”

Advanced Placement Annual Conference 2013, July 18, 2013, Las Vegas, NV

 

2012                


Presenter - “Using Edmodo and Online Video Conferencing for Collaborative

Distance Learning in 21st Century Education,” National Council of Teachers of

English National Convention 2012, November 16, 2012, Las Vegas, NV.

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