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I am an instructor at Central Middle School of Lawton Public Schools since 2006. I am blessed to teach sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in keyboarding and computer applications. Certified in Middle School Science and Special Education K-12, I also teach a class specially geared for students with Autism Spectrum and Multiple Disabilities. Integrating multiple disciplines and learning styles, I cross curriculum to increase focus areas based on areas of need, and this year Writing Fluency and Information Discrimination are my two areas of focus. Since I have family members with nuerological disorders, I am keenly aware of speech and neurological concerns and how they impact learning. Awards and Honors: SMART Exemplary Educator, May 2012. Master Teacher, Oklahoma State Department of Education 2009-2011. Teacher of the Month, Red River Family Magazine, March 2008. Presenter at multiple state and local conferences and meetings on Instructional Technology Implementation. My Education and Experiences: Prior to teaching, I had moved to Walters, America, and was editor and general manager of The Walters Herald, a 100 year old newspaper. My longing for children was unfulfilled, so I pursued a career in education. I'm "ABT" in a Master's of Environmental Science from Oklahoma State University. While working on my thesis at grad school, my husband (a Ph.D student) and I were recruited by the US Forestry Service to create a Geographic Information System of Archaeological Sites within the Ouachita National Forest from 2001 to 2003. Our mapping system is still being added to, and is used by managers one of the US's largest national forests to make land management decisions to protect our cultural heritage. In 1998, I completed a Bachelor's of Science with a double major of Biology and Chemistry/Engineering Technology. I worked as an Industrial Safety Specialist for several years in the Oil and Gas industry. Certified in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, I have had the pleasure of working in refineries operated by Marathon and Conoco to ensure safe conditions for employees and the environment. In 1993, I earned my Associates of Science with a focus in Environmental Science from West Virginia University. I attended Huntington East High School in Huntington, West Virginai.

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