Certified Writing Teacher Biographies

Meet Our Certified Teaching Staff – Online Writing Tutor Bios


Leslie earned a Bachelor of Education degree cum laude from The University of Miami with a specialization in secondary speech and drama and middle school English. Her career began with ten years in the Miami-Dade Public Schools teaching in the classroom and working as a department chair. Following the birth of her daughter, Leslie returned to the classroom as a substitute teacher for two years. In 1997, she chose another career path when she began to work for The Miami Herald and then South Florida Sun-Sentinel writing many education-based and human interest stories. The education field once again called when, in 2004, Leslie began to write and edit curriculum for an online education publishing company. She joined Time4Learning in January 2008 to assist in the development and creation of Time4Writing, and as lead teacher, she trains, assists and manages our wonderful group of certified teachers.


Mrs. Gilg received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio and her Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University. She began her career in Yuma, Arizona, where she taught fourth grade. After two years in Yuma, she and her husband moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana. Nichole worked for Fort Wayne Community Schools for seven years, teaching middle school science, social studies, reading, language arts, and advanced language arts. Mrs. Gilg also spent two years as the Professional Development Coordinator for Fort Wayne Community Schools, a position which allowed her to develop and deliver content to educators within the district. Upon the birth of her son Mrs. Gilg began working in a daycare. The call to work with older students and focus on her true passion—teaching writing—led her to Time4Writing.com. Whether it was showing preschoolers how to write their names, teaching eighth graders how to write the perfect persuasive essay, or helping teachers reflect on their practice through journaling, the one constant Mrs. Gilg has found in her varied career is that writing allows students to think and communicate on paper and deepens their understanding of any subject. She is thrilled to have an opportunity to pass on her love of writing to others!


Ms. Nicole was born into a family of educators who instilled in her a love of learning. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After many years of working with children, she decided to follow in her parents’ footsteps and returned to school to earn a Master’s degree in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She taught fourth grade in the Massachusetts public schools before deciding to stay at home to raise her children. She is founder and organizer of the largest support group for mothers in the Boston area. She currently lives near Boston with her two boys, ages four and two.


Teacher GardnerDenise currently lives in central Indiana with her husband and three growing children. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education and a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education from Bob Jones University (BJU). She taught high school English and English as a Second Language (ESL) for six years in South Carolina. During summers and other vacations, she worked at BJU Press, helping to revise the 7-10th grade Writing and Grammar texts. In 2001, Mrs. Cevela earned a second master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. While working on her degree, she taught various ESL classes in the Center for English as a Second Language. Upon graduation, Denise began teaching writing online, and she’s been doing it ever since! After the family moved to Indiana, she also spent a little time as an SAT grader. She loves teaching students of all ages to write well!


Jennifer CovellMr. Ferguson Mr. Ferguson earned a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in journalism and history from the University of Memphis. Following his graduation, he worked as a reporter for two daily newspapers covering local government and the courts. After a change in careers and an additional twenty-four hours of undergraduate coursework, in 1998, he began teaching in Oklahoma where he taught English and math in grades six through twelve as a special education teacher. In 2008, he received the Special Educator Merit Award from Professional Oklahoma Educators recognizing him as an outstanding special education teacher. During his teaching career, Mr. Ferguson has become certified in all core subject areas including English, math, social studies and science. He received his Masters Degree in Education from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2011. For the past four years, Mr. Ferguson has worked in middle school remediation under Title VII. He continues to live in Oklahoma with his wife, three children and golden retriever.


Mrs. SchenkMrs. Schenk has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She is certified to teach grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade in the state of Oklahoma and has seven combined years of traditional classroom and online teaching experience. Mrs. Schenk began her teaching career in Enid, OK, teaching freshman English. She has since taught a broad range of grades and subjects from Senior English to, most recently, pre-kindergarten. Mrs. Schenk has a passion for leading students to discover joy and develop creativity in writing as well as hone the fundamental mechanical skills of writing. Mrs. Schenk lives in Oklahoma with her husband and their two young sons. She is excited about her role as a Time4Writing teacher.


Teacher1Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts, cum laude, from Framingham State University, where she specialized in journalism. After graduating from college, she wrote for several newspapers, and earned her paralegal certificate. She then used her writing and research skills and moved into a new direction as a litigation paralegal for 10 years. It was at that time she came to a crossroads and realized what she was longing to do was teach. Jennifer went on to earn her Master’s in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She then taught grades K-6 in public and private schools, both as a classroom teacher and as a Title 1 Reading and Math Specialist. She has always had the passion for writing, and Jennifer is currently enrolled online at the Institute for Children’s Literature, located in Connecticut, where she looks forward to publishing her first children’s book once finished with her coursework. Jennifer lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two young children. 2012 marks her 9th year of teaching, and she currently teaches Integrated Language Arts and Math part time in a multiage grade 4/5 classroom at a private school. Jennifer is so excited to extend her passion for education and love for writing with students online with Time4Writing!


Teacher2Mrs. Barrett earned a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in English with a minor in Secondary Education from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During her studies, she worked as Lead Peer-Tutor in SJU’s Writing Center and completed her student-teaching at Girard College. Upon graduation, Mrs. Barrett chased her love of literature up to New England, where she earned a Master’s degree in English from Boston College while working in BC’s Academic Development Center as Co-Head Writing Tutor. She then spent three years in the Waltham Public School District teaching ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade English, Composition, and SAT Prep. Upon the birth of her daughter, Mrs. Barrett relocated back home to New Jersey, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter, and son. She has enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother for the past few years. In her spare time, she has worked as a freelance resume writer. Mrs. Barrett enjoys writing poetry and blogging about motherhood, natural health, and holistic nutrition.


Teacher2Ms. Alexandra earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware in Elementary Teacher Education with an addition Middle School Social Studies concentration. She has a certification from the state of Delaware in teaching grades K through 8. In addition, she has a certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. After gaining valuable classroom experience in the Delaware public schools, Alexandra taught English as a Second Language to students ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade in Gyeonggi, South Korea, where she discovered that the joy of writing goes beyond language barriers. She is greatly looking forward to helping her Time4Writing students achieve all of their writing goals!


Rachael taught in Florida for eight years before leaving the ‘brick and mortar’ schools to teach online and raise her two children (and her brood of Australian Labradoodles). She was raised in the Washington, DC area, and earned her B.A. in English, determined to never become a (horrors!) teacher. After having her son, she decided to go down that route and has never looked back since!! She earned her National Boards in English in 2005, and has begun working on her master’s this past year. She is excited to be working with Time4Writing, as she enjoys helping her students develop their writing skills and creativity.


Viki lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs and is a veteran teacher of 16 years. Their children are grown and have left the nest, so Viki has lots of time for teaching online. While working in sales for a school book fair company, she decided to change careers in midlife. Determined to fulfill a childhood dream of being a teacher, she went back to college and obtained her BS in Elementary Education with a Reading Specialization from Texas Woman’s University in 1992. To be sure she could teach at any grade level, she also obtained a secondary license to teach English Language Arts and Reading. After teaching for 12 years in a traditional classroom, Viki returned to graduate school and obtained her MAED in Adult Education/Distance Learning from University of Phoenix in 2005. Viki has been teaching online (and loving it) ever since.


After earning her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Eastern Michigan University, Mrs. Beaudrie taught for eight years in grades three through seven in the Michigan public schools. In December of 2011 she received her Master of Arts in Educational Media and Technology from Eastern Michigan University. While pursuing her master’s degree, she heavily focused on the integration of technology in the classroom including a blended learning environment using Moodle and other Web 2.0 tools. Mrs. Beaudrie is passionate about being a teacher of 21st Century skills. This means that she encourages her students to be excellent collaborators, communicators, problem solvers, and creators. Her passion for teaching and learning led to opportunities to speak and present at professional development conferences in Michigan on the use of technology and social media in education. Mrs. Beaudrie has presented at MACUL (Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning), MRA (Michigan Reading Association) and MSTA (Michigan Science Teachers Association. Additionally, she was part of the organizing committee for both miGoogle and EdCamp Detroit. In 2013 a job transfer led her family to relocate to Georgia and Mrs. Beaudrie decided to pursue teaching online. Mrs. Beaudrie loves to spend time with her husband and their son and daughter. She also enjoys hiking, backpacking, running, and a really good cup of coffee.


Amy grew up surrounded by books and developed a love for writing early on. She earned three education degrees form the University of Florida (Bachelor, Master and EdS). Two of her degrees were focused on elementary education with her third degree focusing on Educational Leadership. Her career began as a classroom teacher in Alachua County and progressed to working at the University of Florida’s K-12 Research School, P.K. Yonge. Throughout her tenure, Amy wore many hats including Classroom Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Head Cross Country and Track Coach. One of her loves was helping her high school student athletes write their college essays.
Several years ago, Amy had the opportunity to start her own school which was a rewarding experience. Many educators dream of starting their own schools, and Amy feels fortunate that she had the opportunity to do so.


Jaime Vandergrift is an experienced educator, presenter, and conference planner. Her passion lies in instructional technology, innovation, and finding the answers to the questions educators have about moving forward in 21st century classrooms. She believes in the power of being a connected educator and working with others who share the same ideals in education for the overall betterment in the future of education. Jaime knows that building tomorrow’s classrooms in no way has to be contingent on budgets or devices, but rather, making the most of the resources schools have, while embracing learning models of today. Jaime is a director for #EdCampATL, Social Media chair for GaETC, Communications Liaison for Alpha Sigma Alpha District 6, and co-moderator of #NTchat. She is also a co-host of EduVue, an EdReach Network Live Education Show, found also via podcast in the iTunes store.

Jaime is pursuing her EdS degree from the University of West Georgia in Media and Instructional Technology.


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Time4Writing is looking for a few great teachers!Time4Writing is taking off and we’re keeping our eyes out for great teachers. Are we looking for you?

  • Are you a certified teacher?
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If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, we might just be looking for you.

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  • Have experience within the Moodle platform
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