Meet Our Certified Writing Teachers
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.
Hello, my name is Ms. Alexandra! I earned my Master’s of Education degree from the American College of Education and my Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Delaware in Elementary Teacher Education. I have certifications from the states of Delaware and New Jersey in teaching grades K through 8. In addition, I have a certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I have been teaching for nearly ten years in four different countries as well as online. In addition to being a proud Time4Writing teacher, I am also a professor of Academic Skills at ECPI University. Teaching a variety of students of all ages and disciplines has helped me discover that the joy of writing goes beyond language barriers and age restrictions. That’s why I think learning to write well is so important; it can be a great way to connect with all people! 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.
Hello! My name is Carrie Doss. I have fourteen years of teaching experience at the middle school and high school levels in both public and private school settings. I am also a certified School Library Media Specialist. I received my Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English as well as my Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from LaGrange College. I recently earned my Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Library Media with a concentration in Instructional Technology from the University of West Georgia. From department head to curriculum designer and beyond, I have served in a variety of capacities while also working successfully with students from all levels and abilities. My husband and I are lifelong Georgia residents, and we have one daughter whom I am currently homeschooling. In true English teacher fashion, I am a devourer of books and an avid writer. Seeing students take pride in their hard work and accomplishments is what teaching is all about. Teaching and being a part of the learning process is the ultimate reward for any educator. I look forward to working with you as we help the learners of today become the writers and leaders of tomorrow!
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. 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.
Hello, my name is Mrs. Armanini! Teaching is my passion. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher. I graduated from Florida Atlantic University earning a Bachelor of Education degree with an ESOL Endorsement. During my time as a teacher, I taught general education students as well as students with learning challenges and special needs. Language Arts has always been my favorite subject in school. I was a shy student, so being able to express my thoughts on paper helped bring out my creativity. This is where I took my life experience as a child and was able to implement those skills in my classroom. Grammar/mechanics impacts the way we speak, write, and think. Being taught writing at a very young age will help build the life skills a child will use in their lives.
I am currently homeschooling my two children here in South Florida. I mentor the students and parents and provide important leadership in the home-centered education movement. I love guiding and supporting both students and parents. It’s rewarding for me to watch my students grow during the school year. It is my goal to combine my range of experience with my ability to be a compassionate, wholehearted, intellectual teacher who will make a positive influence on the students in Time4Writing!
Hello, my name is Sandra Rush. Currently, I live in Michigan with my husband, my children Bryce and Sienna, and my two cats. I enjoy reading, cooking/baking, the outdoors, sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. I have enjoyed reading and writing since childhood when I was introduced to a program called Young Authors and won awards for two consecutive years for best author and illustrator within my class.
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Science and Language Arts from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan in 2005. I earned my Master of Arts in Reading Education from the University of South Florida in 2011. I have lived and taught in Michigan and Florida. In 2014, I started my career as a virtual teacher. I have taught students in all grade levels from all over the country since then. I love meeting new students and helping them grow to their highest potential. I believe that learning in a virtual environment provides students the opportunity to thrive and become confident learners. I look forward to partnering with you in education!
Hello, my name is Bill Ferguson. I live in Oklahoma with my wife, three children and dog, Annabelle. I enjoy reading, crossword puzzles, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball. I also enjoy board games that I play with my kids. Occasionally, I study German by watching German television online. I was stationed in Bavaria for three years when I was in the army.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and History from the University of Memphis. After college, I worked as a newspaper reporter in Tennessee and Arkansas. Later, I earned my Master of Education degree and taught in public schools in the Tulsa area for 20 years. I taught English and math in special education, low income, and Indian education programs. My experience was evenly divided with 10 years teaching middle schoolers and 10 years teaching in high school. Recently, I have worked with students with disabilities on the college level. However, I continue to work with middle-school age students at my church.
I have always had a love for reading and writing. The two go hand-in-hand! Great writers are great readers. I look forward to working with you to help you improve your writing skills and to helping you discover the writer within you!
I was one of the very first Time4Writing students when it was created over a decade ago! Now I have my Bachelor of Science in Education and have come full circle, becoming a Time4Writing teacher myself. Since graduating from Western Oregon University in 2019, I have taught a variety of learners from preschool through twelfth grade in general education and special education settings, and now online as well. Writing is my favorite subject to teach and learn. I often tell my students that if they can communicate clearly through writing, it will open up many new worlds for them. I am passionate about seeing young writers become more confident in themselves and develop an appreciation for the art of writing.
Hello, my name is Dayna Lundberg. I am a certified K-8 teacher in Michigan and California. In 2006, I graduated with a degree in Language Arts and began my teaching career in Michigan. I worked as an aide in a kindergarten classroom before teaching third grade for 5 years. In 2013, I earned my Master’s Degree through a virtual program; and it is there I fell in love with distance learning. During the past 6 years, I have had a vast career in virtual education. I have taught all grades Kindergarten through sixth, as well as worked directly with virtual K through 12 teachers providing instruction support to help them to improve their skills.
I believe in virtual learning, and I am very excited to help Time4Writing students build their skills and become more confident with their writing!
Hello, my name is Ms. Susie! I have eight years of education experience at the elementary and middle school level. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University and my Master of Arts in Organization Development from St. Edward’s University. I most recently completed two years in the Peace Corps where I taught English at a rural school in Samoa. My favorite thing about teaching is learning about my students and helping them discover new things. I consider myself a lifelong learner, and I enjoy reading in my free time. I currently live in Dallas, Texas where I enjoy spending time with my family. I am excited to continue teaching with Time4Writing!
I love writing and reading. These passions are what prompted me to become an English teacher and tutor. I tutored in a university writing center during graduate school, and I knew that I was destined to be an English teacher. I taught for seven years at a local inner city high school, and I learned so much about the practice of teaching during that time. However, at Time4Writing, I can solely focus on helping students become the best writers they can be.
As a child, I was an avid reader, and I learned about English grammar and writing through the authors I read. As I grew older, and began to understand the mechanics of English, I fell in love with my native language. English is bold in that it pulls from so many linguistic sources and has a flexibility and nuance that allows for fluidity, preciseness, and poetic expression.
It is also my understanding that writing is a powerful way to access agency; therefore, it is important that English teachers help students refine this skill. By working for Time4Writing, I will work tirelessly to provide opportunities for my students to blossom as academic writers.
My name is Courtney Kerr, and I am an educator at heart. I have 17 years of teaching experience with middle school and high school students. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Soon after graduating, I began my teaching career in a public school outside of Pittsburgh, PA where I taught social studies and English at the middle school level. While teaching, I earned a Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. After moving to Delaware, I began teaching at a homeschool co-op where I taught middle school writing, high school English, and middle school art. My favorite part of teaching is experiencing those ‘lightbulb’ moments with students when their hard work pays off and they conquer a difficult concept. That makes teaching worth it!
As a child, I always loved to write and create drawings to match my stories. Also, I enjoyed writing letters to my family and friends and created stories for them to enjoy. Early on, I knew I wanted to help people; I just never knew how. Law, nursing, and education were always careers I thought to pursue. In my first career, I was a paralegal and administration assistant to a successful lawyer in the Boston area. Much of my work focused on technical writing skills to create professional documents in a variety of business settings. After starting a family, I finally knew the path I wanted to take. I returned to school to earn a Bachelor’s of Curriculum and Instruction from Lasell College and a Master’s of Elementary Education from Lesley University, graduating with honors from both programs. I have five years of teaching experience in the Massachusetts public school system, most recently as a 3rd-grade classroom teacher. I love teaching writing to students and watching their ideas unfold before their eyes. I have found that I thrive as an educator when I can work one to one with a student to help them achieve their academic goals. I look forward to helping students develop strong writing skills through Time4Writing.
Hello, my name is Mary Vanderpool. When I was in second grade, I told my mother I wanted to be a teacher — a teacher who did not forget what it was like to be young. I have never lost that desire; I have taught in public, private, homeschool, and online settings for nearly 50 years. I received my Master’s and Bachelor of Education from the University of Mississippi. Over the years, I’ve been a special education teacher, college-level online instructor, homeschool teacher, writing coach, a personal tutor, and have taught all ages from grade 3 to adult. Although I recently retired from the classroom, I have not retired from teaching. Time4Writing provides the opportunity to continue doing what I love: teaching grammar, mechanics, and writing at all levels.
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