I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where I lived through fourth grade. I completed fifth through seventh grades in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from high school in Louisville, Kentucky. I am the middle of three sisters. I earned my teaching degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where I majored in English and minored in Spanish. I taught for five years in Mentor, Ohio; nine years in Greenville, South Carolina; and have just completed my twentieth year at Grimsley High. The 2017-2018 school term will be my 34th year of teaching, and I have no intention of retiring any time soon!
I have two children, Nicole Martin and Doug Rozelman. Nicole, who lives here in Greensboro with her husband, works as the VP for Digital Strategy at Pace. She has given me two adorable grandchildren, Olivia and Brayden, who breathe new life into me every day. Doug lives in Lexington, South Carolina, where he is happily married with a beautiful new daughter named Hetty Rose. He enjoys a wonderful career in the bicycle industry and thrives on cycling and physical fitness.
Reading and writing have always been passions of mine. Teaching these two subjects brings me great pleasure. Watching students discover insights and identify inferences in what they read is for what I strive, along with guiding them to write about what they understand. Class discussions that address the relevance of what we explore in class to my students' personal lives and ambitions make my job all the more satisfying.
Teaching journalism classes is also a strong interest of mine. I have advised newspaper and yearbook staffs in both South Carolina and here at Grimsley. One reason is because the teaching of writing, though different from a journalistic perspective, is still the primary objective. Layout design, caption writing, photography, and business management skills are also key to the yearbook publication. Students find it stimulating to apply their creativity to the Whirligig.
Since my English classes include mostly juniors and seniors, I feel honored that I am one of the last high school teachers they have. Hopefully, I will help them prepare for their futures that involve colleges, careers, and families. If my subject knowledge, academic rigor, sense of humor, and wisdom that only comes with age have a positive impact on my students, then I know I have done my job.
1987-1988 Furman University. Greenville, SC. Twelve graduate hours, specializing in Reading Adolescent Literature; Reading in the Content Area; Methods and Materials for Teaching Reading in the Secondary School; and Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties.
1974-1977 The Ohio State University. Columbus, Ohio. Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in English and a minor in Spanish. Achievements:
2008-2013 Induction Coordinator, Working with Beginning Teachers from Years 1-4
2008-2010 School Improvement Plan, Data, and Curriculum Committees
2008-2009 Grimsley High Teacher of the Year -2004 2009 Leadership Team Representative
2007-2008 Facilitator for Site-Based Leadership Team
2005-2006 Guilford County Schools Mentor of the Year Nominee
2004-2006 Elected Representative of Leadership Team (Site-Based Management)
2005 National Board Certification in Language Arts: Adolescents-Young Adults
1997-1998 Guilford County Schools Teacher of the Year Finalist (3rd)
1996-1998 Sunday School Director/Curriculum Facilitator for Temple of Israel, Greenville, SC 29615
1995-1998 Elected Facilitator of Site-Based Management Team at Greenville High School in Greenville, SC
1996-1997 South Carolina PTA Teacher of the Year Teaching Experience: -
1998-Present Guilford County Schools. Grimsley Senior High School, 801 Westover Terrace, Greensboro, NC 27408. Senior International Baccalaureate English 12* ---Senior College Prep English ---Journalism: Newspaper and Yearbook Adviser* - Freshman College Prep English ---Sophomore College Prep English ---Sophomore Honors English ---Junior College Prep English and Junior Honors English
1989-1998 Greenville County Schools. Greenville Senior High School, One Vardry Street, Greenville, SC 29601. Freshman Honors English ---Sophomore Honors English ---Journalism/ Yearbook ---Journalism/Newspaper ---World Literature (juniors and seniors) ---Junior Honors English
1978-1982 Mentor Exempted Village Schools. Mentor High School. 6477 Center St., Mentor, Ohio 44060. ---Sophomore College Prep English ---Sophomore Standard English ---Junior Standard English and summer school
1977-1978 Mentor Exempted Village Schools. Memorial Shore Junior High, 5670 Hopkins Road, Mentor, Ohio 44060 --- Seventh grade English ---Ninth grade Spanish I