Perryville High School

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This school year has seen many changes for me.  I have finally settled into a house.  My husband and I are building a log home.  I love it but it is very stressful.  It will be awesome when it is complete because I will go from living in a 500 foot cabin to a 1700 square foot home.  Within a totol of one month I hit a deer totaled the car out and broke my thumb.  I broke my thumb at school. I was glad that Yvonne Spears the nurse came in early that day.  I broke the thumb by slamming it into the car door.  So needless to say, I watch when I am closing my car door now.  I did buy a new car in December.  
I first went to college and got a degree in Business Administration and History.  

   I went back to SIU-C and earned another degree in Special Education.  I  am on my 20th  year of teaching.  My 18th year at Perryville.  I thought that "pushing papers" was not for me , so I decided to go into teaching.  How little did I know that teachers push just as many papers.  Time has allowed me to teach a variety of classes in the special education field. Up until three years ago, I was with the math department.   I am now teaching  with the History Department. I  work with Mr. Cole with Government and Mr. Dunn with American History and Mrs. Jacob  with World History.  The time periods that interest me the most is the Civil War and World War II. I teach two units in American History.  I teach the Roaring 20's and the Civil Rights unit.   In 2003, I earned a Masters Degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies in Education through Webster University.
I have learned many new talents this year.  Mrs Shultz, the FACS teacher has taught me how to crochet a scarf.  I have made several  of them now.  I find it very enjoying and relaxing.  This type of crocheting anybody can do.  If I can do it, I know that anybody can learn this. This made me realize that it is the instruction or method in how you teach something as to whether the student will be able to understand what you want.  Sometimes you must show and let them try to complete it on there own.  Through this method, I have realized that I must see, hear and actually touch it to be able to learn a new task.

This year my sister-in-law has taught me how to crochet.  I have realized that one needs to count to do this or you may add a stitch or drop a stitch.  
I have found out that demolition is more fun than putting the pieces back together.  I have also learned that having too many irons in the fire does not produce finished products, but only ones that are in progress.
 I help with the after school tutoring program twice a week,  I also spend time working  with a group of students who have joined the Friends of Education Club. I also help Mrs. Shultz out with FACS when she needs it.  I have realized that I enjoy a variety of different areas now in the school realm.