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!
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.
I’m a qualified, certified teacher who especially enjoys teaching writing. I discovered my love for teaching early in college. I had a tendency to assist my classmates with projects and test preparation. I became motivated to teach and changed my major to education. I enjoyed the education coursework so I was a very attentive student and graduated from college with honors.
I began my teaching career by teaching preschool and pre-kindergarten. I especially loved teaching phonics and handwriting. Shortly after, I became certified to teach students from kindergarten through middle school and began a career as a public school teacher in New Jersey. I enjoyed teaching all students and subjects, but I particularly loved teaching writing. In order to focus on writing, I taught after school tutoring sessions for writers during the school year and taught summer school literacy classes that included writing.
Due to student success, I was asked to complete a year of training in order to include teaching English Language Learners in my classes. Now, I could effectively teach these students as well. Years later, I homeschooled my daughter–specifically adding the more advanced coursework she desired; however, I still tutored writing students.
Since then, my daughter has graduated from high school and is a college student. We now live in Florida. I also have an adult son who cares for adults and seniors with special needs. It is my pleasure to aid in further developing Time4Writing’s students’ writing skills.
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!
After completing the teacher training program at Towson University, I landed my first classroom position in 1998 as a sixth grade language arts and reading teacher. During those early years, I discovered a passion for helping students express themselves and think with writing. For nearly two decades, I have worked with middle school students in a variety of classroom settings in both Maryland and Texas. My favorite years have been the ones where I was given the opportunity to focus on writing and mechanics exclusively.
My personal educational journey has taken me through the degree program for a Bachelor of Science in English with a concentration in writing at Towson University as well as a Master’s of Education in Literacy from the University of Texas at Arlington. I currently hold a Texas teaching certificate.
From a young age, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I loved learning and wanted to spread my enthusiasm for education to children. In 2008, I graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science Degree; and, in 2010, I graduated from Averett University with a Master of Education Degree concentrating in Instruction and Curriculum. For the past seven years, I have taught middle school English in Virginia Public Schools. I have experience with curriculum and test-item writing and was previously the English Department Chair. Currently, I live in Virginia with my husband and daughter. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, taking day trips to the beach, and training for marathons!
My name is Mrs. Concetta Morrow. People often ask me why I became a teacher, and my answer is because I love literature! I also enjoy sharing the appreciation of fine writing and reading with my students. I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Elementary Education and from St. Leo University with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. For 20 years, I have worked in the public school system where I taught various grades in the Elementary and Middle School levels. I hold certifications in Teaching English as a Second Language, Reading Endorsement, Educational Media grades K-12, and English grades 6-12. The challenge of teaching online is an exciting opportunity, and I am really looking forward to getting to know my students and their families.
Currently, I live in Ocala, Florida with my husband, who is a public school teacher, and our five boys, ranging in age from 5 to 21. On the weekends, we can be found on the football or soccer fields cheering on our sons! During my free time, I enjoy reading, swimming, bike riding, and watching cooking shows.
My interest in education is rooted as far back as high school when I enjoyed tutoring younger students. That interest blossomed into a degree in education from Covenant College where I was awarded Student Teacher of the Year. I was thrilled with my first official teaching job which began in 1996 in Copperas Cove, Texas. As a team teacher, my primary role was teaching writing and math. I passed on my passion for writing by coaching a University Interscholastic League Writing Team. After starting a family, my teaching career moved into the home where I have homeschooled our four children and briefly taught as a substitute teacher. My experience ranges from the public school system to the kitchen table to home school or church classes and spans all grade levels. I find great joy in playing a small role in the success story of students. The title I am most honored to hold is “Mom.” My husband and I are blessed beyond measure with four amazing children from elementary age to college. Our ties to the military have allowed us to call a few places home: Texas, Florida, Tennessee, and now Georgia. I am truly thankful to work with Time4Writing to equip students with skills necessary to be effective writers.
My name is Sondra Pena, and I have been working in the field of education for the past 20 years. I graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida with my Bachelor of Education degree in 1994. I later went back to FAU and received my Master’s Degree in Political Science in 2005. I was a classroom teacher in Broward County, teaching 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades. With the birth of my twins Max and Isabella in 2009, I left the classroom and stayed home to take care of my babies. By the end of 2010, I was ready to go back to work and found my way onto the development team for Science4Us, an online interactive science curriculum for K-2 students. The same company that developed Science4Us owns VocabularySpellingCity, and I soon started supporting and training teachers on the best way to use VocabularySpellingCity in their classrooms. In addition to my professional duties as Professional Development Coordinator for VocabularySpellingCity, when my twins hit school age, I began officially homeschooling them. They are currently in 2nd grade, and we are still loving the homeschool life. I live in West Palm Beach, Florida with my husband, the twins, two dogs, three cats, a fish, a turtle, and a hermit crab. I am super excited to be part of the Time4Writing team and to share my love of learning!