Academic Dean: Amanda Taylor
I started my teaching career a few months after Bush opened in 1998. I have always had a love for reading and the English language. I enjoy writing both on a creative and a technical level. I treasured English class in school, and my sophomore English teacher at Lakeview Centennial High School, Sheila Greebon, inspired me to teach. I hope to inspire my students -not necessarily to teach, the salary is NOT inspiring enough- but, to find a respect, and, hopefully, a love for writing and reading. In Stephen King's book, On Writing, he says that to be a good writer you have to read and write often. I agree. Through bits of many literary works, we will learn about many writing strategies and techniques. Through abundant writing, we will practice those techniques and try to find our own voice and style.
Each year, I attempt to improve upon my successes and wrong turns in the previous year's teaching. Since joining Bush M.S., I have been honored with the Superintendent’s Award in 2000, the Bush Trinity Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004, the PTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, and the campus Teacher of the Year Award 2016-17. I've served as the English department chair since 2008. I encourage campus involvement and philanthropic participation for students. I try to incorporate these successes and endeavors into my classroom each day, always striving to learn and grow from my students.
When I'm not working, I enjoy reading, gardening, and spending time with my family. You may have seen me around CBC as I've volunteered at VBS and Wednesday night youth group, Impact.
I hope my students enjoy the journey we will take this year. It will be what we make of it. I truly look forward to each day of the trip!