Meet Our Certified Writing Teachers
I 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. My 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 my daughter, for two years, I returned to the classroom as a substitute teacher. In 1997, I chose another career path when I 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, I began to write and edit curriculum for an online education publishing company. I joined Time4Learning in January 2008 to assist in the development and creation of Time4Writing. As lead teacher, I train, assist, and manage our wonderful group of certified teachers. I love helping my students become better, stronger writers.
Teaching is in my blood. Growing up in a home of educators in Ohio, I knew from the age of four that I wanted to be an educator. After graduating with a degree in education and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum, I began my diverse teaching career in Arizona. During my time as an educator, I have taught a variety of subjects to a wide array of learners, ranging from preschoolers to adult educators. However, the one thing that has remained a constant in my career is my love for teaching writing. Writing is fundamental in understanding all subjects as well as being the key to understanding and expressing one’s self.
Working with students in a digital medium like Time4Writing allows us to drop all other distractions and focus on the art of writing. I learn so much about my students as writers and people through their pieces. It is deeply fulfilling to watch each one of them grow more proficient and confident throughout the course of our time together as they discover and nurture their inner voices as writers.
Currently, I live in Indiana with my two sons, Henry and Oliver, and my husband, Rief. I love reading, writing, and spending time biking and running outdoors. I also enjoy trying new and adventurous recipes out on my family; although, I can’t say that they are as fond of my culinary experiments as I am. I am grateful to have a job that allows me to draw on the elements of teaching that have long been a part of who I am while working with students who continue to inspire me each day.
I was born into a family of educators who instilled in me a love of learning. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and my Master’s degree in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I taught fourth grade in the Massachusetts public schools before staying home to raise my boys, now six and eight. We currently live near Boston where homophone games and writing stories about our day are the norm. I am pleased to pass my love of writing on to them as well.
I always loved working with students in the classroom and missed it while I was at home. I was thrilled to make the move to online learning at Time4Writing. Being able to let students work at a pace that is most comfortable to them helps to accommodate all learning styles. I love helping students gain independence with their work, and I take joy watching the bricks of their strong grammar foundation take form. Good grammar helps to make good writers, and I love making this process fun.
I learned that I wanted to be a teacher when I was working in a grocery store. They needed a cashier trainer; and for whatever reason, they chose me—a shy 17-year-old. My first trainee was having difficulty learning how to make change, so I sat up late thinking of a new way to explain it. When I saw her eyes light up the next day as I explained the concept again, I was hooked. This was more fun than anything else I’d ever done! They came from the head office to offer me a job training cashiers in stores around the state, but I’d made up my mind–I wanted to go to college to be a teacher. It took more than twelve years to earn my three college degrees (B.S. in English Education, M.Ed. in Secondary Education, M.A. in TESOL); but in that amount of time, I also gained six years of experience teaching high school and two years of experience teaching college-age students and became a wife and mother. I’ve been teaching writing online since 2002 and homeschooling my children since 2005. There’s still no thrill like knowing that I’ve helped a student understand a difficult concept, which makes it a joy to teach with Time4Writing!
Since I was a child, I have always known in my heart that I was born to write and teach. I earned my B.A. in Communication Arts, cum laude, from Framingham State University, where I specialized in journalism. After graduating from college, I wrote for several newspapers; and then I took my research and writing background in a different direction. I went back to school and earned my paralegal certificate from Northeastern University. After working as a litigation paralegal for 10 years, I came to a crossroads. I had been volunteering in my spare time as a Big Sister for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metro West in Massachusetts. I loved spending time with my little sister, and I realized what I had always known in my heart could not be pushed away. I longed to teach.
While working as a paralegal, I began night school and earned my M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I taught for 12 years in grades K-6 in public and private schools, both as a classroom teacher and as a Title 1 Reading and Math Specialist. I love going to school; so while teaching, and after having worked as a writer in other capacities, I decided to take a leap of faith and learn how to become a published writer. As a student at the Institute for Children’s Literature, located in Connecticut, I’ve had the privilege to work with an author who has given me valuable insight and assistance in honing my own writing for future publication.
My dream is to continue to share my passion for learning, my love for writing, and my enthusiasm and dedication as a teacher. I hope one day to become a children’s author. I live in Massachusetts with my husband and two children. In my spare time, I love taking writing and art classes and spending time camping at the ocean with my family and friends. I am so excited to extend my passion for education and love for writing online with Time4Writing students!
In my sixteen years of teaching, one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had is helping my online students sharpen their writing skills and write really great sentences, paragraphs, and essays. I’ve seen a lot of talent and promise in the next generation of writers! I started my writing career as a reporter for two newspapers before becoming a teacher and have written both for online and traditional publications since. The first ten years of my teaching career, I worked with special needs students to develop their reading, writing, and math skills. In 2008, I received the Special Educator Merit Award from Professional Oklahoma Educators which recognized my efforts as “an outstanding special education teacher.” Since that time, I have worked with Time4Writing and with special populations in the public school system. I am certified in Oklahoma for all core subject areas including English, math, social studies, and science. I received my bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from the University of Memphis and my Master of Education degree from the University of Texas in 2011. I am the dad of three, a husband, and the chief petter and feeder of a golden retriever. We live in Oklahoma.
As a teacher for Time4Writing, I see my role as the writing coach. I cheer my students on from the sidelines as their written creations take center stage. It is my goal to nurture confident writers, so I strive to uncover each student’s strengths; and I provide the encouragement needed for them to take new risks in their writing. I want to guide each student to make his or her words come to life on the page. I will help students to see that their words can tell a vivid story by creating visual images in the minds of their readers. I want each student to believe that words can inspire others and that the page is one’s own canvas.
I earned my B.A. in English and completed my teacher training at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Over summers, I taught third grade. I completed my M.A. in English at Boston College after chasing my love of literature up to New England. There, I taught in a traditional high school classroom. Currently, I live in New Jersey, where I’ve settled with my husband and our two elementary-aged children. I am certified to teach English in grades K-12 and have been teaching for Time4Writing since 2012. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, Zumba, cooking, candle-making, and blogging about natural and holistic living.
Hello, my name is Ms. Alexandra! I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware in Elementary Teacher Education with an addition Middle School Social Studies concentration. I have a certification from the state of Delaware in teaching grades K through 8. In addition, I have a certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. After gaining valuable classroom experience in the Delaware public schools, I taught English as a Second Language to students ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade in Gyeonggi, South Korea and then taught at an international kindergarten in Bangkok, Thailand. Teaching abroad helped me discover that the joy of writing goes beyond language barriers. That’s why I think learning to write well is so important; it can be a great way to connect with people all over the world! I am really looking forward to helping my Time4Writing students achieve all of their writing goals!
I have enjoyed reading and writing since childhood; I was that child who would come home with twenty books from the library, then read them in a few days! I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English from Mary Washington University, and then spent ten years teaching in the school system in Brevard County, Florida. I earned my National Boards in English during my time in the school system, which deepened my love of teaching and working with children of all exceptionalities, from Aspergers to gifted. I have been teaching virtually for the last eight years, which has enabled me to home school my older son and stay at home with my younger daughter. I enjoy teaching online, as it gives me the chance to work with many students–one on one–to improve their understanding and love of the English language.
My name is Mrs. Viki Gardner, and I am a veteran teacher with more than 20 years’ experience; 10 years of that time has been spent teaching online exclusively. I love to write, and I love to help my students find their writing voices; it is such a thrill to see how a student’s writing can grow and blossom over the course of just a few weeks’ time! It is so delightful to work at something I love and to help my students at the same time.
Our children are grown and have left the nest, so I have lots of time for teaching online. Before I started teaching, I worked my way up through the publishing industry from manufacturing assistant to book designer and eventually changed direction to become a publisher’s sales representative. While working in sales for a school book fair company, I decided to change careers in midlife. Determined to fulfill a childhood dream of being a teacher, I went back to college and obtained my BS in Elementary Education with a Reading Specialization from Texas Woman’s University in 1992. Since I wanted to be able to teach at any grade level, I also obtained a secondary license to teach English, language arts, and reading. After teaching for 12 years in a traditional classroom, I wanted to explore online teaching; so I returned to graduate school and obtained my M.A.Ed. in Adult Education/Distance Learning from University of Phoenix in 2005. I have been teaching all ages and grade levels online (and loving it) ever since.
I am happy to say that I have received a few awards for my skills in teaching, such as the 2007 CTYOnline Teaching Excellence Award from Johns Hopkins University and an honored place in the 2005-2006 edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. I have published some of my work in Celebrate! Poets Speak Out- Educators 2002, on the Internet, and in other literary periodicals.
I graduated from Belhaven University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (K-8th). After a seven year teaching career, I came home to be with my first child. I have been homeschooling both of my children for the last eight years. I love teaching students how to “paint a picture for the mind” using words! Teaching online allows me the opportunity to do what I love. I am excited to continue teaching students with Time4Writing!
My name is Mrs. Hollingshead, but over the many years I’ve spent teaching, all of my students have called me Mrs. H. I followed in my parents’ footsteps and became a teacher in 1996 with a B.A. from the University of Rio Grande. Over the past 18 years, I have taught language arts in both brick and mortar schools and home school groups as well as home schooled all four of my own children before deciding to teach at an online public school. I am looking forward to working with Time4Writing students and helping them become more enthusiastic writers! I am passionate about good writing and believe there’s a story inside of all of us, and it’s just waiting to be unlocked!