Hello and welcome to my webpage. This is my 43rd year teaching, all of which have been at Slidell High. I have lived in Slidell since 1964. I attended Slidell High School and graduated in 1972. I immediately enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University where I majored in social studies and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies Education. Upon graduating in 1976 I interviewed for a teaching position at Slidell High School, was hired and have been here from that time on.
I cannot remember a time that I did not want to be a teacher. I started my career teaching American History and Civics. Since that time I have taught nearly every subject in the Social Studies department. Yes, I have been teaching for quite some time. In those many years my love for my profession and the students that I am privileged to teach has not diminished. Over those many years, I have had the opportunity to observe the numerous changes that have transpired in education. One thing that has not changed is my fervent desire to teach young adults in a manner that will prepare them to meet the many challenges that they will encounter as their environment moves ever forward towards globalization. My goals are: to enhance the learning opportunities for every student every day, to develop a profound understanding and appreciation for learning, to give students the opportunity to work hard, develop creativity and critical thinking proficiency while increasing their writing and presentation skills. To provide an environment that embodies safety and encourages collaboration through team work that will lead to a greater and deeper understanding of curriculum content is equally important. For students to research data that is legitimate is critical considering the vast resources of the Internet. Another goal is to guarantee that students have the opportunity to engage in independent research assignments that will require them to determine if the source is authentic. Instilling the desire to question, make predictions based on known data, offer solutions, discuss and write about the major issues of the day is also a meaningful goal.
These are a few of my goals that I try to achieve every day with every student.
I encourage both parents and students to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org when questions arise, a student needs help with an assignment, or parents simply want to touch base and discuss their student’s progress. When sending emails, remember that I am not allowed to send grade information. If you send an email during the day, I will get back to you after school. If you email me after 5pm I will respond as soon as I hear my alert on my phone. At home, my phone is next to me up until about 11pm. If I need to be aware of anything concerning your student, do not hesitate to contact me. I encourage all parents to write down their student’s login password for Moodle. Moodle is where you can find assignments, upcoming events, videos, PowerPoints, typed notes and much more information that the students will use on a daily basis. Remember, the Moodle password must be changed every month so set reminders so that you will not be locked out. I look forward to working with you during the 2018-2019 school year.