I have a unique education background. After graduating from the Queen's School in Kingston, Jamaica, I was accepted to Memorial University of Newfoundland in St John's Newfoundland, Canada. While in Canada I studied English Literature focusing on 19th and 20th century British literature with a minor in Biology and a concentration in Geography. I graduated in May 2003 and accepted a teaching job in Utsunomiya, Japan with NOVA group. While in Japan I taught English to adults and children. My oldest student was in her 80s and my youngest was two years old. I was promoted to Kids Leader in my area. I trained new teachers and assisted with the smooth running of the schools in my area. After two and a half years in Japan, I applied to a Master of Teaching program at James Cook University in the city of Townsville in northern Queensland, Australia. I was accepted to the program and moved to Australia for the next 2 years to study and train in Primary/Elementary Education. While in Australia I taught at a rural school in Ilfracombe, in central Queensland. My school was very small, only 30 students in all. I taught a combination class of 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders. After Australia I moved back to Japan where I worked with a local school district in developing and implementing an English as a Second Language (ESL) program. I later got a job at an English immersion school (Linden Hall Elementary School) in Dazaifu in the south of Japan. While at Linden Hall, I taught 4th grade and in my second year I taught 3rd. In 2010 I moved to the United States where I have been living and working since. In the 2016-2017 school year I received an additional certification allowing me to teach gifted and talented students. This will be my 6th year with Thomasville City Schools. I am really looking forward to teaching with the GATES program this year.